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Any time an accident occurs, the single most important thing you can do is document your injuries. Not sure where to begin? This quick guide can help.
Seek Medical Attention
As soon as the accident has occurred, no matter what type of accident it may have been, it is essential that you seek medical attention right away. Go directly to hospital or to your GP’s office. Even if you believe your injuries may not be that severe, it’s a good idea to get some official documentation of your physical and mental condition directly after the injury occurred, as that can serve as a baseline for your future claims. If you don’t speak with a medical professional, there’s no good way to prove your injuries were a result of the accident.
While you’re there, make certain you obtain a copy of any records or reports created. Don’t worry – you won’t have to do this for every doctor’s visit post-injury. The initial treatment report is what will prove most useful.
Create a Personal File
Dealing with any kind of injury often means quite a bit of paperwork. Whether it’s the slip you fill out for sick days at work or the paperwork from your GP’s office, keeping a record of all of that is important. Gathering it from the start will save the hassle of getting it together at a later date. You may also want to keep a diary during this time to help record how you feel both mentally and physically.
Make certain you take photos of your injury and the damage to your property right after it occurs. You’ll want to continually take additional photos of your injury to show how it changes over time, and make certain you time stamp it or upload it to a cloud service that does that for you, so you have ongoing proof of your injuries and the healing process.
Personal injury claims often require proof, and gathering it in advance can help to make certain your claim is remunerated in full.