Fifth step to take after a vehicle accident - Share & Document

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Kyle E. Wright
6/22/21 10:00 AM
Tags: Personal Injury

After you have been injured in an accident, it becomes your life. Going to treatments, dealing with the ongoing symptoms, trying to find a new car if yours is totaled or needs repairing… the list goes on. Because you are the one going through the experience, you know every little detail. The problem is that when an insurance adjuster is evaluating your claim, it's often not until months after you have completed treating for your injuries. Whether your treatment ends months or years after the accident, the insurance adjuster evaluating your claim is going to heavily rely on the medical records from the providers at which you are treated.

Document everything after an accidentSo, what does it all mean?

This means that if you didn't tell the nurse that your right arm is numb at your initial ER visit because it slammed against the dashboard, it isn't going to be in the treatment notes. Months later, when an adjuster or defense counsel evaluates your claim based on the medical records, if complaints about your right arm hurting are not in the records, it will be much more challenging to get that value out of your claim. It is not uncommon for clients who are seriously injured in a motor vehicle accident to have multiple injuries. Often it is one or two of the most severe injuries that the client focuses on, understandably. However, it happens too often that I have heard a client recount their injuries, and their third or fourth complaint is nowhere in the medical records. Clients get upset because adjusters don't want to give them credit for these other injuries, and understandably so. But, adjustors and defense attorneys don't make a living by taking anyone's word for anything. They want documentation!

So, if you or a loved one are in a car accident, be as thorough as possible when describing the type and severity of your injuries. Be sure that the charting nurse is taking down everything you describe because those notes will become the primary piece of information others will rely on when evaluating your claim in the future.

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Author: Kyle E. Wright     Published: 6/22/21 10:00 AM     Tags: Personal Injury


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