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How Do I Document a Car Accident Injury?

Car accidents are unfortunate events that can cause a lot of physical, emotional, and financial trauma. If you’ve been injured in a car accident, you might be confused about what steps to take and how to document your injuries. In this blog post, we’ll go over some important tips for documenting your car accident injury so that you can protect your rights and potentially receive compensation.

Seek Medical Attention

The first and most important step to documenting your car accident injury is to seek medical attention right away. Even if you feel fine or have minor injuries, it’s crucial to get checked out by a doctor. Some injuries, such as concussions or whiplash, might not be immediately apparent and could worsen over time.

Your medical records will also serve as important evidence in your case, so be sure to keep copies of all medical bills, prescriptions, and documents provided by your healthcare providers.

Take Many Detailed Pictures & Videos

Visual documentation is very helpful when it comes to proving your claim. Use your phone or camera to take pictures and video of the accident scene, vehicle damage, and most importantly, your injuries.

It’s also a good idea to take pictures of any bruises, cuts, or scars as they develop over time, remembering to include a date in each photo’s filename. These photos can go a long way in helping your attorney or insurance adjuster to understand your case and potentially increase your settlement.

Keep a Record of Your Symptoms & Treatment

Following medical advice and treatments can be challenging and uncomfortable at times. Still, it is vital that you keep a record of everything. Keeping a daily diary helps you to document your daily challenges and help you keep track of appointments, procedures, medication, and physical therapy sessions.

If you’re struggling with your mental health or emotional distress, note the symptoms and how they have affected your daily life. Documenting your experience can help paint a more accurate picture of the full extent of your injuries.

Track Expenses & Lost Wages

Car accidents can put a substantial financial strain, from medical costs and prescriptions to missed work and wages. Keep track of all expenses related to your car accident injury, such as medical bills, hospital fees, prescription medicines, and lost income.

This documentation is a crucial piece of evidence in any personal injury claim. Make sure you keep well-organized records of all the money you spend on your car accident injury, both big and small expenses, from receipts to invoices to medical bills, and keep them all in one place.

Seek Legal Advice from a Personal Injury Lawyer

Working with a personal injury lawyer can help you to navigate the complexities of a car accident injury claim.

Your personal injury lawyer can help you develop your case, gathering evidence, submitting claims, and even negotiate for lawful compensation on your behalf. They will often work on a contingency basis, meaning they only get paid if they win your case, so there’s minimal financial risk to working with an attorney.

If you need legal support at this time, don’t hesitate to contact Smolich and Smolich.