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How to Document Your Injuries After a Serious Virginia Beach Car Accident

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After being involved in a car accident in Virginia Beach, you will probably be shaken up; rightfully so. But, you’re first thought needs to be your physical health and your next thought should be gathering evidence to strengthen your personal injury claim.

Immediately following the accident, you should assess the situation and start documenting your injuries and continue doing so. Not all injuries show up right away, some injuries take days. Below are some tips to help keep track of your medical data in preparation for a claim.

First and foremost, see a doctor as soon as you can. If you delay going to the doctor, the insurance company can use that as cause to deny your claim. Communicate with your doctor and tell them of all your pains, soreness and injuries, even if they are just bumps and bruises that occurred after the accident.

Talk to your doctor about your daily activities. If you are experiencing any discomfort and pain while performing normal, daily tasks, inform your doctor and get documentation. These records serve two key purposes, to strengthen your claim and for your employer. It’s important to keep all follow up appointments after your initial visit with your doctor. If physical therapy is recommended by your doctor to help recover from your injuries, it is in your best interest to go to every appointment and to complete the recommended treatment – not only for your case but more importantly for your health and wellness. Please keep in mind it can take time to fully know the extent of you injuries.

During the course of treatment, save copies of all your records and store them in a safe place. You can give these records to your attorney or use them if you are settling your own case. If your claim goes to trial, having detailed documentation will be a great asset for creating a strong case. X-Rays, test results and MRI’s are very powerful pieces of medical evidence for juries and are very helpful for your case.

While this post is intended to give tips for documenting your injuries following an accident to help your case, please remember to be careful when talking to insurance adjusters. Even when speaking with your own insurance company.

Consult an attorney as soon as possible to find out your rights and what steps you should take to preserve your rights. Initial consultations with an attorney are almost always free of charge.