Personal Injury Claims: How to Document Expenses
Document your Personal Injury expenses if you plan to make a claim An accident can have effects that last much longer and reach much farther than you could ever imagine. One accident is all it takes to turn your life upside down. While monetary compensation can’t bring back lost time, it can certainly help ease the financial burdens placed on you. However, you must document everything carefully. Here’s how to document personal injury expenses so you and a Wisconsin personal injury lawyer can get you the compensation you deserve.
- Property damage: Photographs, insurance claim forms, and records of your correspondence with your insurance company are all necessary forms of documentation. Your insurance company will likely have photos as well; speak to your agent about getting copies. All correspondence should be in writing.
- Medical costs: Copies of all medical bills and photos of injured body parts are necessary to document the medical side of the accident. Record your travel expenses as you go to and from medical appointments. Also keep a journal, starting as soon as you can; many injuries show up on a delayed timeline, and your journal noting growing aches and pains could be valuable.
- Work losses: If any time was lost from work, be it time away from an office job or the loss of a freelance project, keep records of those as well. Print out all email correspondence and get copies of time-off slips from work.
- Emotional effects: In addition to a record of your physical aches, keep a record of any emotional effects you now have, even if it’s been a while since the actual accident. For example, if you were rear-ended by a fast car, and you now panic if you see a car approaching from behind, note that. You could receive emotional damages.