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Remember to Document Every Aspect Your Personal Injury Claim


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5/1/2013
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No matter how you are injured, your chances of getting fair insurance compensation for your injury may depend on proper documentation. Whether you have suffered a head injury in a Sioux Falls car crash, broken your hip after falling on a slippery supermarket floor, or suffered severe back pain because of your job, documenting your injuries will provide support for your claim. Here are four tips from our Sioux Falls personal injury lawyers:

  1. See a doctor immediately after the accident: First of all, you want to be sure you’re OK. It is quite common to feel fine immediately after a slip and fall or car crash and then experience signs of a serious injury later on. A doctor will screen you for injuries that don’t show immediate symptoms, including brain injury, spinal cord injury, and internal injuries. Another reason to see the doctor is to have your injuries documented. If you wait too long, you may not be able to prove that the accident actually caused your injuries.  
  2. Follow up with any recommended medical care: Again, this is good for your health. It also shows the insurance company and a potential jury that your injuries were serious enough that you took the time to be treated. 
  3. Keep records: Your medical records will show your diagnosis and your treatment, but they won’t tell the insurance company how much your treatment cost or the impact that your injuries had on your life. Keep copies of all medical bills, prescription receipts, repair costs, and any documents showing time off from work. If you’re not sure, keep it. Your Sioux Falls injury attorney will sort through and decide what’s important. 
  4. Keep a journal. A journal will tell the insurance company or jury about your pain and the limitations that your injury put on your life. Include the level of pain, anything you can’t do because of your injury, and how the treatment affects you. If you can, include pictures of your injuries as they heal.

 To schedule a free consultation, contact Zimmer, Duncan and Cole, LLP at 888-733-2992.



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