If you are lucky and only received minor injuries, you should only have to deal with minor paperwork. Still, it’s important to keep good records about your medical care; it’ll save you frustration as you settle your case on your own.
Your documentation should start with getting copies of your current medical records. Your past medical files can help you prove that your current injuries were definitely caused in the accident and not something that was there prior.
Make sure you get copies of all test results, diagnostic reports and ask for a written note from your doctor with a diagnosis and prognosis or treatment plan. This can be necessary to prove that you’re seeking accident-related treatment and that your time out from work is due to the accident.
It also can be helpful to keep a personal journal of how you’re feeling as you recover. If you’re claiming to your insurance company that you couldn’t go to work for a few days because of back pain, the claim will be much more legitimate if you keep a daily activity record of how the pain limits your life.
A simple accident case doesn’t need to involve lawyers for you to obtain a fair settlement. It’s true that a personal injury lawyer can keep your paperwork straight and help you avoid mistakes in dealing with doctors, but when you have a simple case, you don’t need to pay for services you can handle on your own.
Why hire a lawyer to settle your accident case when you don’t need one?
Your doctors are there to heal your injuries, but if you don’t know how to handle seeking the right medical documentation, you could jeopardize your accident case. When you’re attempting to settle your case on your own, you won’t need a lawyer – unless you don’t take the right steps when working with the doctors!
If you think you’re ready to handle your accident case on your own, I encourage you to visit my website and download a FREE digital copy of my book Get It Settled! The Accident Victim’s Guide to Settling Your Case without Hiring a Lawyer. Of course, I won’t leave my clients hanging in the wind. If you think you really need a lawyer to help you settle your case, contact Ben Glass Law at 703-584-7277, and we’ll set up a consultation.