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Documenting your injuries after a motor vehicle crash

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Posted on July 21, 2022

If you get into a car accident and sustain injuries, your life may not look the same for a while. You may be unable to return to work, take care of your basic needs and participate in activities you enjoy.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in the U.S., car accidents result in more than 100 deaths and many injuries every day. If you are recovering from an injurious accident, take the following steps to properly document your injuries and the recovery process.

Gather medical records

Every time you go to the doctor regarding your motor vehicle accident injuries, ask for a copy of the physician’s report for your personal records. You should also make copies of receipts that show what you paid for all appointments and related care.

Take photos

On a regular basis, take pictures of your injuries as they heal. Ideally, you should take photographs of your injuries as soon as they happen following the collision.

Keep a personal journal

Write in a journal every day and detail how your car accident injuries affect your daily routine. For example, if your injuries prevented you from walking up the stairs one day, document this obstacle in your journal.

Depending on the accident, you may be eligible for compensation to cover the cost of any medical bills you incur as well as the damage done to your car. Keeping accurate records can help you maintain your eligibility for compensation and help you fight for a fair settlement.