If you are planning to file a personal injury lawsuit against the responsible party that injured you, then it is your responsibility to document the injury as much as possible. If it is not properly documented, then the insurance company is going to claim that the injury didn't happen and deny you the compensation you are seeking. Here are a few tips that are going to help with the documentation process.
Get Immediate Medical Attention
The best way to prove that an injury is real and happened as a result of the accident is to get immediate medical attention to treat your injury. If you wait too long to get medical treatment, it gives the impression that your injury is not serious to others. In addition, waiting to receive treatment can cause doubt about how the injury happened. Did it occur because of the accident, or did it happen elsewhere and is being blamed on the original accident? Getting medical attention right away will remove any doubts about how the injury happened.
Photographs are sometimes the best evidence you can have to document your injury. When it is a physical injury that can clearly be seen, there will be no doubt as to the extent of your injury to others. Take photographs right after the injury happened and as it is healing. Having too many photos of the injury is a good problem to have because then you can pick and choose the ones that will present best to the insurance provider.
Get A Professional Diagnosis
Proving that you have an injury becomes complicated when you are injured in ways that cannot be seen, such as a concussion. This is when you really need professional help to help diagnose your injury so that it is clear what is happening inside your body. While you may think that it is difficult to prove internal injuries, doctors know the signs to look for and can give a diagnosis that will be credible.
Keep An Injury Journal
Your personal injury lawsuit may not take place until months down the road when you have recovered from your injury. It's important to keep a journal that documents the injury and the recovery process. Keep track of how much pain you experience, where it hurts on your body, what medications you were taking, how your mobility was limited, and how it affected your quality of life. These will be things that you need to recall during mediation or litigation.
Contact a local personal injury lawyer for more tips.