Recording And Documenting Your Injuries
Insurance providers look at every claim from a business-like perspective. They need to understand the severity of your injury and what financial consequences you have suffered as a result.
One of the most important details in a personal injury claim is how your injury is documented. It can be strange to break down your injury into dollars and cents, but that is exactly how you need to think when documenting your injury.
At Kanoski Bresney, our Springfield injury attorneys can guide you through the injury documentation process and help you pursue compensation aggressively. We will gather important medical documents, work with health care providers and make sure you have the supporting documents necessary to justify maximum compensation. Ask us your questions.
Don’t Underestimate The Importance Of Documenting Your Workers’ Comp Injuries
If you have been injured due to someone else’s negligence, make sure you keep a thorough record of:
- Your immediate condition following an injury accident: Even if you feel like you are not injured, it is wise to go to the doctor after an accident. Initial medical treatment provides a baseline understanding of your well-being that can be used to demonstrate how your injury has affected your life. Failure to go to the doctor can give the insurance company reason to believe your injury was not that severe or was not related to the accident.
- Keep every medical record, financial statement, police record, insurance document, etc.: Collect official documents that recount the accident, your progressing physical condition, the treatments you received, your diagnoses, explanation of benefits, bills, out-of-pocket expenditures, etc. If you find yourself thinking, “I wouldn’t have had to pay for this if not for my accident.” Then you are well-advised to keep a receipt of what you spent. Organize a folder for your injury and keep track of everything.
- Take and keep photographs of your injury: Take photos of any visible injury, and continue to take photos as your injury progresses. Injuries can change overtime, so having a detailed record of how things change as you get treatment can be crucial for recovering the compensation you need.
- Keep a detailed journal of your overall health and well-being: Many symptoms only manifest days, weeks or months after your accident. You may even experience symptoms of chronic pain but not realize that is directly related to your injury until months later. That is why it is wise to keep a journal of your overall health. Do not think of this as an injury journal. Record everything you experience, including minor headaches, blurry vision, trouble sleeping, etc. This can help you have more meaningful consultations with your physician when you do get treatment, and it can help provide documentation of your condition so you can collect the compensation you need.
An Attorney At Kanoski Bresney Can Guide You Through The Process
If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact our firm and get the answers you need. A free initial consultation can help you understand your options and get you on the path to recovery.
Contact a lawyer at one of our office locations in Bloomington, Champaign, Decatur, Macomb, Pekin, Quincy, Rushville or Springfield, Illinois. We can be reached via email or by telephone at 866-438-2419.