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Documenting Your Injuries After an Accident

If you’ve been involved in a car accident, your immediate focus should be on your physical health. Right away, you should begin the process of documenting your injury if you are considering filing a personal injury claim. Here are some tips:

First, visit a doctor as soon as you can. Delaying a doctor visit after you’ve been in an accident can give the insurance company all of the ammunition it needs to deny or minimize your claim (the assumption is that you must not be that hurt if you could put off seeing a doctor).

You will want to communicate with your doctor openly and inform them of any pains, bruises, or bumps that have occurred as a result of your accident. Discuss your daily activities with your doctor. If you experience pain and discomfort while completing your normal daily activities, let your doctor know and get documentation.

It is critically important to keep all follow-up appointments after your initial visit. If your doctor recommends physical therapy to recover from your injuries, then attend every appointment and complete the treatment. 

Throughout your treatment, be sure to save copies of all records and keep them in a safe place. You can present these records to your attorney, or you can use them if you are settling your own case. If your claim goes to trial, having good documentation will really help your case. Test results, X-rays, and MRIs are very powerful pieces of evidence for juries. If you present these types of medical evidence at trial, it will be very helpful for your case.



 

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