A personal injury claim is just what the name implies—a legal case based on the fact that a victim suffered an injury that left him with damages. This leaves the victim with the burden of proving the injury. So, one of the quickest ways to jeopardize your injury claim after a car crash is failing to seek medical care or not following your care provider’s recommendations when you do. Furthermore, even when you do all the things you should, it’s important to maintain records that document your condition and demonstrate your efforts toward as complete a recovery as possible.
Documenting Your Medical Care and Recovery
In general, it’s a good idea to start a file and keep everything related to your accident and medical care. Some key items to include are:
- Medical records. Your medical records are your own private information, and your providers are required to share this information with you when requested. In addition to physician notes and diagnosis, it can include details about your treatment plan and outlook going forward. It can be official or stem from documents given at appointments.
- Photos. Take photos of your injuries. While these may be difficult to see, it’s important that insurance companies and the courts are given a clear picture of the extent of your injuries. If possible, take photos right away and frequently during your recovery from more serious injuries.
- Insurance claims. Keep records of all interactions with insurance companies—both your own and that of the at-fault driver. These records can help support your claims regarding what treatment was provided for what injuries.
- Medical bills. Medical bills prove that you attended your appointments and care providers offered treatment for your injuries. An untreated injury or one that care providers fail to address may appear insignificant when investigated by insurance companies.
- Personal medical journal. Keep a journal of your medical journey after an accident. Over time, the pain and stress of the injury will likely fade. While this is best to help you move forward personally, it’s important to remember these details if your case moves forward more slowly. Even details you may not feel are important should be noted, including physical symptoms and emotional ones.
Medical care is essential to as full a recovery as possible, but it can also be expensive and stressful. Attorney Ben Crittenden helps Alaska accident victims manage this burden and obtain the maximum amount of compensation to ensure their success going forward. Even if you haven’t followed all these steps so far, contact Ben today to learn more about medical care and a personal injury claim. Call his Anchorage office to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation or request a free copy of his book, A Guide to Car Accident Claims in Alaska.