The Necessary Documentation For A Successful Personal Injury Lawsuit
When you're injured due to someone else's negligence
A Journal of Your Recovery
If the injury is substantial enough to warrant a lawsuit, chances are that you will have a long recovery ahead of you. It's important to journal every single day about how you are feeling. A personal injury case may take several months to be resolved, long after an injury heals. You may not remember exactly how you felt in the moment about your injury.
Use your journal to track other things, including any correspondence with a doctor, your physical pain levels, range of mobility, and any bruising that has occurred.
All Bills & Receipts
Medical bills can add up very fast, though it may take awhile to receive them. Hold on to every single bill that you receive, and make note of any injury related expenses.
Some miscellaneous expenses to track include:
- Durable medical items (crutches, air cast, wraps, etc.)
- Prescription costs
- Additional transportation (taxis)
If it is a cost that you are incurring because of the injury, there is no reason you should have to pay for it.
Letters From Medical Professionals
A major injury requires multiple trips to physical therapists, doctors, and specialists. You should request a letter from each medical professional you work with so that your injury is well documented. The more expert opinions there are, the stronger the case should be. It will help reduce any doubt about the degree of your injury.
All letters should have the proper contact information for potential follow up questions.
Documentation of Lost Wages
Any days where you were unable to work due to the injury should be paid back to you. Gather your pay stubs so that you are able to prove what your average pay is per day when you were injured. You will also need a note from your doctor that states you were unable to work, which will help prove the seriousness of the injury.
If you were injured due to someone else, you shouldn't have to pay a dime out of pocket it for it. By having the proper documentation, you will have no issues proving your damages in court.