Documentation is an extremely important part of your personal injury claim. If you do not have enough evidence of how a person has harmed you or the harm that was done, you may have a harder time collecting the compensation that you deserve.
As a part of your personal injury claim, it’s important to prove your injury and the damages caused by it. How? To start with, you will need to document the injury itself. You also need to document the costs by maintaining the receipts and bills from medical providers, hotels and other services used during your injury.
Documenting your injury the right way
It’s essential to document your injury the right way. The priority after a crash, for example, is to call 911 to get the police to come to the scene. Then, they’ll take notes about the collision and have a record of the fact that you were injured in the crash.
You will also want to write down as much information as you can about the crash. Was the other driver speeding? Did they run a red light? Make sure to write down this information, so you can easily give it to your attorney later on and have a record from when your memory was fresh.
After this, start collecting documentation about the injury itself. Your medical provider can give you a detailed description of what they believe is wrong and the kinds of treatment options you have.
Following this, you’ll want to track your expenses. Start to collect the medical bills associated with your hospital stay or visits to medical providers such as specialists or your personal physician. You should also keep the receipts for other expenses, such as meals at the hospital or hotel stays for your spouse who needs to stay nearby during your hospital stay.
All of this documentation will help as you work on your personal injury claim. With the right documentation in place, you’ll find that it is easier to determine how much you’ve already spent and to estimate the value of your claim overall. Then, you can work on fighting for a fair settlement.