Starting a medical journal probably isn’t the first thing on your mind after an accident, but it’s crucial. Not only will it help you stay organized as you start the healing process, but it can prove to be a valuable legal tool. So grab a notebook, preferably one with pockets, and create sections for these five critical areas:
It’s essential that you keep a consistent record of how you’re feeling after the accident. What hurts? What’s your pain level? What’s getting better and what’s getting worse? Note any symptoms or changes that you notice daily. Don’t rely on your memory—write it down!
First, make sure you’re getting the medical care you need. Record the dates, times, doctor names, and locations for any and all appointments or procedures. Write a short summary of what the appointment was for and what the outcome was.
Keep a detailed list of your prescriptions, therapies, medical aids or devices, and supplements that are prescribed as a result of the accident. Include dosages, when and how much you take, as well as any health improvements or declines that you notice as a result.
Expenses & Receipts
In order to be properly compensated for expenses, you need to have an accurate record of what you’ve spent. Make sure you store all medical bills, receipts, insurance information, and other relevant documentation in your journal.
Accident trauma can wreak havoc. Think about how the accident has affected you. Are there activities that you can no longer do or enjoy? Are you able to perform the tasks you did prior to the accident? Document any changes to your way of life, as these limits can factor into any possible settlements.
Keeping a medical journal may not be the most exciting item on your to-do list, but it can be a powerful tool in your recovery. Need more guidance about what steps to take following an accident? Reach out to Kyle Cray
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