What Happens When You Don't Document Property Damage

PROPERTY DAMAGE DOCUMENTATIONFollowing a vehicle accident, the extent of the property damage to your car or truck may not be readily ascertainable with the naked eye. Damage hidden behind panels, or underneath the car on the frame may only be revealed after a complete vehicle inspection. The importance of complete property damage documentation cannot be underestimated, even if you think there is little to no damage to your vehicle.

Once your vehicle is turned over to a body shop for a property damage estimate, the technician will remove parts and metal in order to view any damage not reported through a diagnostics check. If you choose to wait on the estimate, don’t be alarmed if it looks as though your car or truck is being taken apart piece by piece. A good body shop will have a disclaimer on the estimate paperwork that clearly states the repair estimate can only be thorough and complete if parts are removed.

Once the inspection is complete, you will have a chance to look over the cost of the repair. Don’t be surprised if you see items listed that reveal substantially more damage than you anticipated. Having this information helps you prove that although the damage didn’t appear extensive, it actually was and you should be reimbursed for it.

If you are in a car accident, call the attorneys at Parker Law Firm. We will help you throughout the entire process to ensure all necessary steps are taken to give you the best chance at a recovery.

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