The shock and pain of a serious injury can make it hard to know what to do next. You might know that you need medical care and financial support, but you might not know how to obtain them.
In a personal injury case, getting the treatment and compensation you need goes hand-in-hand. By seeing the doctors and medical specialists to assess and treat your injuries, you are taking an important step in gathering evidence that you can use for your personal injury claim or lawsuit.
Medical reports and imaging tests show the extent of injuries
After you suffer a severe accident, seek prompt medical care. Whether you go to the emergency room or have a follow up appointment with your doctor, request copies of all files related to your injury. Diagnosis records, x-ray scans, care plan documents and other types of records can help build evidence of the severity of your injuries.
Medical bills and related expenses show the cost of injuries
There are many types of damages that you may claim for a serious injury, but medical expenses are often one of the most notable costs. Collect all bills related to your care, including physical therapy, transportation to the hospital or clinic, medications, diagnostic tests and treatments.
Some of these expenses may appear on separate bills and statements. For example, a hospital may bill you for your surgical and post-operative rooms, but the surgeon may bill you for their services separately.
While online patient portals can help you find some of your records and bills, it might not list all of your expenses. Your attorney can help you identify all the costs you incur in the aftermath of your injuries.
Self-reported evidence can describe pain and suffering
There is no way to objectively prove something as subjective as the emotional and physical pain you feel due to a major injury. However, even if it is subjective, this pain is still real.
Keeping a daily or weekly journal that tracks your symptoms and limitations could be helpful for your personal injury claim. In addition, you may speak to a therapist, psychologist or doctor about your mental and physical pain.
In Florida, if a judge determines that compensation for your pain and suffering would be fair, the award could be significant – but the outcome ultimately depends on the proof that you and your attorney provide.