Visitor Question

How long do I keep personal injury paperwork?

Submitted By: Amy (Indiana)

Just a quick question: How long should I keep personal injury paperwork after a settlement?

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Answer

Dear Amy,

This is technically a tax question. Your personal injury award, though un-taxed, may need to be claimed on your tax return. As a general rule, you want to keep tax documents for seven years after filing the return if, for some reason, you need to recall that information.

While it is probably only necessary to keep the documents for 2 years, I would err on the side of caution and keep it longer. You just never know when you will need to refer to those documents and it’s better to have them then to put them through the shredder.

The above is general information. Laws change frequently, and across jurisdictions. You should get a personalized case evaluation from a licensed attorney. Find a local attorney to give you a free case review here , or call (888) 647-2490.

Best of luck,

Published: January 11, 2011

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