Keeping Track of Your Injuries

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Anyone who has been seriously injured in an accident knows how jarring it can be in an already busy life. If you suffered an injury and are interested in pursuing legal action, there are several things you should start doing right away. Taking a little time now to keep track of your injuries can be immensely helpful to your case down the road.

 Documentation and evidence are crucial to a successful personal injury claim, whether it goes to trial or is settled without legal action. Even if liability in your case is clear, the extent of your injuries and loss of consortium in serious injury cases are issues that insurance companies and their attorneys attack vigorously. You and your spouse or domestic partner can take the following actions to make it much easier to build a compelling case for damages during negotiations or at trial:

  • Keep track of the names and contact information of every doctor you see, in addition to the reason for your visit and the treatment you received.
  • Keep a record of every day you missed work because of your injury and every day your spouse had to miss work to care for you.
  • Keep receipts and an accounting of every out-of-pocket medical expense, including co-pays, deductibles, prescriptions, coinsurance and charges for assistive devices and over-the-counter medication.
  • Keep a record of your travel expenses during treatment, including mileage and parking costs.
  • Keep a journal of your daily life. Include descriptions of daily activities you can no longer perform in the same way and list family events you had to miss. Also take note of your pain levels and any other adverse effects like sleep loss or anxiety.

 An experienced personal injury attorney can use all this information to build a persuasive case for you and your family. Confronting insurance companies with a thorough and well-supported demand early can often help cases settle faster, allowing you to get the compensation you and your family need when you need it. 

If you are in need of an experienced personal injury team, contact the Personal Injury and Litigation attorneys at The Law Offices of Young Wooldridge, LLP.  

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Anyone who has been seriously injured in an accident knows how jarring it can be in an already busy life. If you suffered an injury and are interested in pursuing legal action, there are several things you should start doing right away. Taking a little time now to keep track of your injuries can be immensely helpful to your case down the road.

 Documentation and evidence are crucial to a successful personal injury claim, whether it goes to trial or is settled without legal action. Even if liability in your case is clear, the extent of your injuries and loss of consortium in serious injury cases are issues that insurance companies and their attorneys attack vigorously. You and your spouse or domestic partner can take the following actions to make it much easier to build a compelling case for damages during negotiations or at trial:

  • Keep track of the names and contact information of every doctor you see, in addition to the reason for your visit and the treatment you received.
  • Keep a record of every day you missed work because of your injury and every day your spouse had to miss work to care for you.
  • Keep receipts and an accounting of every out-of-pocket medical expense, including co-pays, deductibles, prescriptions, coinsurance and charges for assistive devices and over-the-counter medication.
  • Keep a record of your travel expenses during treatment, including mileage and parking costs.
  • Keep a journal of your daily life. Include descriptions of daily activities you can no longer perform in the same way and list family events you had to miss. Also take note of your pain levels and any other adverse effects like sleep loss or anxiety.