How Should I Document the Injuries from my Virginia Car Accident?

As part of any Virginia car, motorcycle, or truck accident case, you must prove, among other things, that you sustained injuries.  This proof often comes in the form of medical records and testimony from your doctors and medical providers.  While your primary focus must be on getting better, there are some general guidelines you can follow that will help ensure that your injuries are accurately and fully documented so that they can later be substantiated.  

Follow Your Doctor's Instructions

First, it is absolutely critical that you follow your doctor’s instructions and treatment recommendations.  Do not stop seeing any of your doctors or following their instructions until they expressly advise you to do so and you are discharged from further treatment. This issue is addressed more thoroughly in a separate article on this site which you should read.  Failure to follow your doctor's advice can harm you and your case.

Fully Report All of Your Pains, Symptoms, and Difficulties to Your Doctors

Second, always tell your doctor about all of your complaints, pains, symptoms, difficulties, etc.  If you do not report your pain or other symptoms, they will not be recorded in your medical record.  If they are not in your medical record the other side will later argue that they did not exist.  Do not minimize your ailments to your doctors.  Be honest, complete, and detailed in your report to your doctor.  A doctor must know these things in order to properly treat you.   

Keep Records & Record Details

Third, keep your own detailed and complete records of: (1) hospital, doctor, drug, and other medical bills, (2) lost time and wages, and (3) other losses directly resulting from your injury.

Fourth, if your injury requires a cast, a brace, traction, or other appliance, save it or take photographs of it.

Fifth, keep a notebook or diary of how you are affected on a daily basis as a result of your injuries.  Record what you feel in terms of pain and how the injuries affect your everyday life.  These small details are extremely important and you may not remember them a year later as accurately and completely as you experienced them if you do not write them down now.

Let a Fairfax Car Accident Lawyer Help You 

Contact us today for a free case evaluation. To speak with a Virginia personal injury & car accident lawyer about your accident case in Fairfax County and Northern Virginia, contact Manikas Law calling 703-556-0004, or use the Contact Us box at the bottom of this page to tell us about your case.

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