If you’ve suffered injuries due to someone else’s negligence, documenting your injuries thoroughly is essential for a successful personal injury claim. Proper documentation can provide crucial evidence to support your case and help you receive the compensation you deserve. We’ll go over the types of documentation you should be gathering, but it’s best to err on the side of caution and collect everything at this point.
Below you’ll find a comprehensive guide on how to document your injuries effectively.
Seek Immediate Medical Attention
The first step is to seek prompt medical attention. Schedule an immediate appointment with your doctor (if you haven’t already) to ensure you receive appropriate treatment. This also starts a log on the medical care you’re receiving.
Follow your doctor’s advice and treatment plan diligently, as not doing so can negatively impact your case. Also request copies of medical records, bills and diagnostic test results. Fortunately, you can find most of this information through your online medical chart.
Take Photographs and Videos
Visual evidence can be compelling in a personal injury claim. At the scene of the accident, you should have taken clear photographs or videos of your injuries. If you didn’t get good photos, do so now. Use good lighting and capture the details, such as bruises, cuts and swelling. Document your injuries as they heal or worsen over time.
Maintain a Detailed Injury Journal
Aside from taking pictures of your injuries, keep a journal that tracks your recovery. Record daily notes about your pain levels, physical limitations and emotional well-being. Note any changes in your symptoms, activities or medical treatments. Also, document information from your doctor’s appointments and therapy sessions.
Keep Track of Expenses
Keep on top of all injury-related expenses, no matter how small. This includes:
- Medical bills
- Prescription costs
- Transportation to and from appointments
- Over-the-counter medications
- Assistive devices
- Modifications made to your home or vehicle
Communicate with Your Attorney
Sadly, most people are not on your side when it comes to a personal injury claim – but your personal injury attorney in Florida is! They are looking out for your best interests, and they will fight for your rights. Be open and honest with your lawyer, as they will use this information to build a strong case on your behalf.
Obtain Witness Statements
If there were witnesses to your accident or your injuries, obtain their statements. Even though the insurance companies will be conducting their own investigation, you want to be sure that you have witness statements corroborating your version of events.
Consult with Experts
In some cases, consulting with medical experts can strengthen your claim. Seek second opinions or evaluations from specialists who can provide additional insight into your injuries and prognosis. Expert opinions can support your claim by establishing the extent of your injuries and their long-term effects.
Document Psychological and Emotional Effects
Many people only focus on their physical injuries, but don’t overlook the psychological and emotional impact of your injuries. It’s not uncommon to suffer from depression, anxiety or emotional distress. You may have the stress of missing work, scheduling appointments and not being able to participate in the things you love. This deserves compensation, too.
Most importantly, stay diligent. Continue documenting your injuries throughout your recovery, keeping all records organized and up-to-date and sharing new information with your personal injury lawyer. Taking these steps are keys to a successful insurance claim.
Effective documentation of your injuries is a vital component of a successful personal injury claim. By tracking and documenting everything, you can strengthen your case and improve your chances of receiving fair compensation for your injuries and losses. To schedule a free case evaluation, contact The Law Offices of Ron Sholes today at 855-WE-FIGHT.