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How to Document Your Injuries After a Car Accident

Attorney David I. Fuchs

Author

Attorney David I. Fuchs

Date

Mar. 6, 2019

Category

Car Accidents

If you’ve incurred injuries on Florida roadways, it’s important to carefully document your injuries after a car accident. Having a clear record of your harm, how it occurred, doctor diagnoses, and required treatment will help you fight for a fair settlement when filing a claim with your insurance company. If your damages exceed Florida’s no-fault threshold and you’re considering bringing a personal injury civil suit, clear documentation about your injuries may persuade the court in your favor.

There are many steps to take to protect your rights if you’ve been injured in a car crash. A Fort Lauderdale car accident lawyer at David I. Fuchs, Injury & Accident Lawyer, P.A. can help you understand the personal injury process following such an incident. To schedule a free consultation of your case, call (954) 568-3636 today, or reach out through the online form.

Documenting Your Injuries

When you’ve experienced an accident, your body may go into shock. Memories can become fuzzy over time, so it’s important to begin documenting your injuries and medical treatment as soon as possible. Doing so will help ensure you don’t forget any details of your injuries or treatment, which will benefit you in a settlement claim.

So just how do you document your injuries after a car accident? To ensure everything is thoroughly recorded, create an accident/injury file. It should contain details of what you remember about the actual accident and scene, your medical records, and a written pain/injury journal.

Detail the accident in writing.

As soon as possible following your car accident, write down or record every detail you remember about how it occurred, including how loud the crash sounded, how hard the impact seemed, and even the pain you felt during and immediately after the crash. If you were taken by ambulance from the scene, write that down, including anything you may remember the emergency responders saying about your condition.

Request copies of all ambulance paperwork, emergency room reports, hospital reports, doctor reports, and other medical information.

If you had X-rays taken that show injuries, ask for copies of those. You might also ask a friend or family member to photograph your injuries, especially if you have significant bruising, swelling, burns, lacerations, or other obvious injuries.

Write in an injury journal.

Record your pain level every day, or as often as you feel necessary depending on the severity of your injuries. You can use a scale to describe your pain. If your pain level changes throughout the day or week, record the changes. Describe the symptoms of your injury that are present. Include notes about how your injury and pain have impacted your quality of life. Note doctor’s appointments and appointments with other health care providers in your journal. Also, use the journal to keep track of injury-related medications you’re taking and when you’ve taken them.

Maintain an insurance file.

Keep a file containing all of your insurance paperwork related to the accident. Include notes about any discussions you have had with insurance company adjusters and other personnel.

Always See a Doctor

It’s important to note that you should always see a doctor following an accident, even if you don’t think you were injured. Sometimes concussions, whiplash, and other serious injuries such as internal bleeding or fractures may be present. Also, injuries requiring medical treatment may show up days, weeks, or even months following an accident. If you don’t have proof of your injuries or doctor visits, you may be out of luck should you need reimbursement for medical care down the road and want to file a claim.

Contact a Fort Lauderdale Personal Injury Attorney

Car accidents are traumatic, and the injuries they cause can be physically and emotionally devastating. At David I. Fuchs, Injury & Accident Lawyer, P.A., attorney David Fuchs will negotiate your claim to assist in your fight for fair compensation. To schedule a free case consultation with a knowledgeable car accident lawyer, call (954) 568-3636 today, or reach out online.