After you or a loved one is injured, you may quickly become overwhelmed with medical bills, insurance company letters, prescriptions, and medical records. Initially, you may try and keep up all the records. However, as more and more paperwork rolls in, it can be impossible to know which records are important and which are not. If you're not sure about what records you should keep, keep them all.
Keep All Of Your Records
The reason you should keep all relevant records is that they may all be important to your claim. Most people understand that medical bills and medical records should be retained. However, your injury claim is not only about the dollar amount of your medical bills. For example, it may not seem important to keep copies of pay stubs or employment records. However, it can be as important to establish what happened before an injury as it is to establish what happened after an injury.
Your injury claim can involve a number of factors necessary to establish the extent of how your injuries have impacted your life. Another reason it is important to keep all records is that they can help establish a timeline of your injuries. This includes your medical bills, payroll records, insurance correspondence, medical records, mental health records, family medical records, accident reports, and personal diary records.
Even if you do not plan on filing a lawsuit, you should still keep your records, and keep them organized so you can find the relevant documents when needed. However, many people realize that leaving their claim up to the insurance company will not lead to a satisfactory resolution. The insurance company may try and offer a settlement that does not take into account all of your injuries or the insurance company keeps stalling, hoping you will give up on your claim. This is why you should consider contacting a personal injury attorney to make sure you are fully compensated for your injuries.
Once you contact an attorney, you can give them all of your documents so that they can get a full picture of your injuries, and how your life has been impacted. They will be able to establish the extent of your injuries, and if your injuries may have a permanent impact on your life. They will also be able to see how your employment has been affected, including lost wages and the loss of future earning capacity.
Documenting Your Injuries and Recovery
Even if you are overwhelmed with dealing with medical and insurance records after an accident, you may want to take the time to create your own record. This could include recording as much as you can about the accident or injury itself, as well as a continuing record of treatment and how your life has been affected. Not all records are about numbers, dates, and times. It may be as important to record thoughts about pain, suffering, depression, anxiety, or other emotional and mental states.
Immediately after you were injured, you may not have the time or resources to record exactly what happened. However, this information can be invaluable to your case. If possible, try and take video or photo records of the accident or injury scene. As soon as you are able, you should try and write down as much as you can recall about what happened. This includes recording the time, date, location, and environment of the injury. Try and record what you saw, what you felt, and your state of mind.
Philadelphia Personal Injury Attorneys
Maintaining an organized file of all the records related to your claim will help you find the information you need and give your attorney a clear record of what happened in your case. If you are not sure about which records to keep, you should keep them all and let your attorney evaluate the extent of your claim. If you have any questions regarding a potential personal injury claim and how your records can help you establish a claim, contact the team at Gilman & Bedigian. We offer a free initial consultation and our experienced team of personal injury attorneys can direct you towards the best first step to take in pursuing your claim.