Persons involved in car accidents in Colorado may worry about their well-being. Even a minor vehicle incident could lead to a concussion, broken bone, or worse. While many car accident victims may know to acquire insurance and contact information from an at-fault driver, they might not be familiar with steps to document injuries. This could prove valuable when seeking an insurance settlement or filing a lawsuit.
Steps to document an injury
One standard piece of advice a driver may hear is to write everything down. Taking pen and paper and noting points about the accident and any injuries might work for some. Others may find it more useful to dictate on their smartphone. Mobile devices come with word-to-text apps, which could be easier to use. That said, they may require some editing when the device mixes up words. Performing the editing as quickly as possible seems wise, as memories may fade and details could become lost.
Another option involves dictating details about the injury to a voice recorder. A professional could then produce a transcription of the audio file. Whether producing written, dictated text, or audio files, making copies may be necessary. Losing the original document could prove problematic.
Thoroughness and documenting injuries
Anyone logging injuries may benefit from being as thorough as possible. Notating everything from severe sprains to minor discomfort could lead to more detailed documentation about the injuries. Keeping a “running journal” of injury notes might be a good idea. Problems could arise weeks afterward.
Seeing a doctor for care allows the physician to perform a necessary examination. Doctor visits then produce medical records. Medical records immediately after the accident and ones produced from follow-up visits could serve as evidence in court.
An attorney could review all documentation from medical records and client notes. The information may prove helpful when the attorney proceeds to deal with the insurance company or files a motor vehicle accident lawsuit against the negligent motorist.