Keep Good Records and Receipts For Your Personal Injury Claim
Be obsessive about record keeping. It’s hard to go back and piece together what happened long after the fact. Keep a diary related to your injuries and economic losses. Document your phone calls. Print out copies of emails. Take your own notes when you meet with healthcare providers. Keep it all together in a file you can add to and reference. Ask friends and family members who are involved in your care to keep their own notes, too— they may be eligible for financial compensation for their expenses as part of a settlement. At the very least, their information could strengthen your case. One key way to make sure you have enough detail about what you went through is to keep sufficient records and journals. After an accident, you should keep:
- Records of work missed
- Details about the pain you are experiencing
- Medical records and bills
These can be used to determine how much compensation you should receive for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering and emotional distress (all the damages you are legally entitled to in court).
Keep all receipts related to your claim. Expenses might include medication, house cleaning, private care providers, transportation and parking, assistive devices and more.
The Importance of Using a Personal Injury Diary
Keeping a diary may sound childish, but when it comes to personal injury it can be an extremely valuable tool. Our memory doesn’t always serve us well and you can forget important facts that may be very relevant to your condition and your case. Recording your symptoms and pain levels while they’re happening will ensure that all information is recorded in real time. This valuable information can help your personal injury lawyer build a stronger case for your settlement.
Document Your Condition Every Day
Jotting down notes on exactly how you are feeling every day can be used as evidence of your injuries. Often personal injury cases take months or years to be settled. As your case develops, it is likely you will have forgotten exactly what you were feeling over a long period of time. These entries will help to show that you have sustained damages that impacted daily life.
Document the Right Information
Recording your pain levels, what kind of medicine you took, medical appointments, physical limitations and your ability to perform daily activities are all significant details.
Be as honest as possible. This means that if you have a positive day where you are able to move and do more daily activities than usual, say so. Be as detailed as possible; simply writing that you were in pain is not enough evidence. If a headache or back pain prevented you from getting out of bed or going to work, state this. Record what kind of medicine you took, medical appointments you attended, and anything else relating to your condition. Non-economic losses can be quantified in a court of law, but can be difficult to prove without documentation.
There are health diaries that have a human graph drawn in them for recording such conditions, making it easy for you to mark down where you have pain. In addition to the location, describe the intensity and the sensation (throbbing, searing, stabbing etc.). The more detailed you are with your symptoms, the better your chances of getting fair compensation. This will also help you when you are working with health care providers who are treating you for your injuries.
At Sharpe Beresh & Gnyś we can help you better understand how to gather evidence to prove your case in an accident claim. We have the experience and knowledge to help you build the strongest case possible to maximize your claim for damages.
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