Documenting Every Dollar Spent Following a Personal Injury
Getting injured in any type of accident is never an easy situation to handle. Whether you were hurt in a car accident, a slip-and-fall, a work-related accident or any other type of accident you will want to do everything possible to receive the compensation you deserve.
An injury can be minor and still have a lasting impact on your life. Even the most minor injuries require some sort of medical care and recovery. It could take weeks, months, or years for you to recover from an accident that caused an injury. Our San Diego personal injury attorney would like to explain how you can document all the money you have spent on your injury in today’s post.
Keep All Invoices, Bills, and Receipts
If you are involved in any type of accident that injures you it’s important to keep all invoices, bills, and receipts related to your injury. This includes ambulatory services, hospital visits, tests, prescriptions, medical equipment and more. If you drive yourself back and forth to appointments or have someone take you it’s important to save the gas receipts. You will want to hand all of these documents over to your attorney when the time comes to come up with a compensation figure for the lawsuit.
Start a Spreadsheet
Keeping all of the documents mentioned above is a great start to documenting all the money you spend on your injury. The next step is to start a spreadsheet. You can log every single receipt, bill, and invoice in the spreadsheet using a variety of different labels: date, the amount spent, doctor, location or any other indicator you think is appropriate.
Scan Documents to the Cloud
Even though saving the receipts and bills from your medical care is important and necessary, you need to also scan them into your cloud software. Do this by taking a picture and uploading them to the software. This will provide you with an extra layer of protection in the event that you lose any of the documents or they are destroyed in a flood or fire in your home or office. This is an inexpensive way to protect the documents, which will help your attorney fight for the compensation you deserve.
Request Official Copies
If you are missing any invoices or statements from a doctor or hospital visit you should request official copies as soon as possible. You don’t want to forget about what you are missing because it could lead to receiving the wrong compensation. You will want official copies of everything for a personal injury case so that no one can doubt what you have been billed or spent on your recovery efforts.
Request Insurance Documents
Even though you might not have to pay for all of your medical needs following a personal injury you should still request documents from your insurance company. These documents will show how much the carrier has paid related to your injury. It might be possible to recover the premiums paid related to the injury.
Speaking with a San Diego personal injury attorney following a car accident can help you understand what’s to come with your case. Contact Eugene Bruno & Associates P.C. today to schedule a consultation.
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