Documenting Your Recovery Following a Personal Injury
Documenting your recovery via a diary is crucial when pursuing a personal injury claim in Colorado. Your attorney can present your diary to the court as evidence of the injuries you have suffered and the treatments you have undertaken. It also shows the financial expenses you have incurred and the impact of the injury on your work and quality of life. It can also help you track your progress and identify things that are helping you heal, and things that aren’t helping as much as they could.
Documentation to Include
Your recovery diary should include a copy of any police reports or workers’ compensation forms related to your injury. These provide a foundation for your claim as they can establish the who’s, what’s, when’s, where’s, and how’s of a personal injury lawsuit.
You should also include copies of your medical records and medical bills. It is also helpful to include a detailed accounting of your medical expenses including those related to emergency medical care, therapeutic treatments, and prescription medications.
Alongside your accounting of medical expenses, we recommend keeping an accounting of the financial losses you have incurred. These can include lost wages supported with pay stubs, receipts for insurance deductibles you’ve paid out-of-pocket, confirmations of vacation cancellations, etc.
It is also advisable to include photos and video evidence in your diary. If you keep these on an SD card, make sure that you have two copies as these small devices are easily misplaced, lost, or recorded over.
Finally, you will want to write in your diary. Include information about the effectiveness of treatments, any pain you experience, your mood, and the impact of the injury on your ability to perform work or enjoy favorite activities.
Organizing and Storing Your Diary
You will want to keep your recovery diary organized. Start by getting two large binders with pocket folders that you can use to store receipts. You will want to keep one original diary, and one copy that you regularly update. These two diaries should be kept in a different place that is safe and secure. This helps ensure that even if the original is lost, you have a copy to fall back on.
Sloat, Nicholson & Hoover, P.C. can help you document your recovery process. We invite you to contact us at (800) 873-1144 to learn more about the services we offer to clients pursuing personal injury compensation in Colorado.
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