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Documenting your injuries following a car accident

On Behalf of | Nov 4, 2022 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

A car accident can have negative mental and emotional effects, leaving even the most confident person shaken and frightened.  Most of all, it can have a major impact on your physical well-being. Injuries sustained during a car accident can range from minor bruises to broken bones or even spinal cord damage.

When you are injured in a car accident, you may need to ask for compensation from the at-fault driver. One of the ways you can support your car accident injury claim is through proper documentation of your injuriesHere are three ways you can put document your injuries and put together strong evidence when filing your personal injury lawsuit.

Take photos of the scene

A picture speaks a thousand words, or so they say. If you are able to, be sure to take photos of the accident scene. Some of the photos you should consider taking include:

  • The damage inflicted on the vehicles involved in the crash
  • The lighting on the street at the time of the accident
  • Any hazards that were present at the scene of the accident

Besides the accident scene, it is equally important that you take photos of your injuries. 

Seek treatment immediately

The first thing you need to do is focus on your health and recovery. Even if you feel your injuries are not serious, it is important that you seek medical examination as some injuries may not manifest immediately. During this initial visit, be sure to explain to the physician the circumstances that led to your injury so it can be captured in the medical report. Later, that can help associate your injuries with the wreck.

Start a journal

During subsequent medical visits, be sure to ask your doctor and other providers for copies of every medical and billing record  that is associated with your acciden injuries. Some of the documentation you should keep in your journal includes:

  • Treatment reports
  • Medical bills
  • Medical imaging results
  • Insurance questionnaires

The moments following a car accident that resulted in personal injury can be chaotic. However, documenting every aspect of your injury can help you build a strong case and file a successful personal injury lawsuit.