Keeping an accurate record of your medical expenses and other expenses related to your injury can help your attorney build a stronger personal injury case. Even seemingly insignificant details may be extremely important when it comes time to get a settlement or present your case at trial.
Keep track of all expenses that you have incurred as a result of your injury:
- Make sure to ask for a receipt every time you pay a physician, pharmacy, hospital, or other medical facility.
- Keep a record if you have to pay for something you did not have to before your injuries, such as hiring someone to do lawn care, housekeeping, or drive you around. Even if you pay cash, you can usually present these expenses to the insurance company.
- Keep a log of how many hours you missed at work due to your injury and doctor’s appointments and your rate of pay.
- Think about using a journal to record how you are feeling physically and emotionally while you heal. Record how your injury has affected your daily life.
- Print off any email correspondence that you had with your doctor or physical therapist describing the problems you faced due to your injury.
Documenting your expenses and injuries can help your attorney assess your claim to help make sure it does not settle for less than its actual value.