A car accident can result in injuries that make it harder for you to return to work and take care of responsibilities at home. These injuries can also result in significant medical bills and lost wages over an extended period of time, depending on their severity.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2020, over 2.1 million visits to emergency rooms occurred due to car accident injuries. If you were recently injured in a car accident, take the following steps to properly document your injuries while you recover.
Create a dedicated file
Put together a designated file or area where you can keep all documentation related to the car accident. For example, keep your copy of the policy report, any medical records you receive from your physician and other personal files related to the collision.
Keep a daily journal
On a daily basis, write down how you feel and how the injury limits your ability to do the normal activities you used to complete. For example, if you cannot drive to work, note this in your journal.
Obtain medical records
Keep your own copies of medical records related to the accident in your personal files. Every time you go to a doctor’s appointment, request a copy of the records from that particular visit.
It can take time to recover from a car accident, and you may feel extremely limited in what you can do while you work on recovering. By properly documenting your injuries, you can increase your chances of receiving fair and proper compensation following the collision.