Best Ways to Track Medical Expenses after My Accident
Posted on Sunday, May 1st, 2022 at 6:16 pm
Being injured in an accident is an overwhelming experience. In addition to the serious pain you are experiencing, you may also be dealing with a whole new set of life circumstances. If your injuries have rendered you temporarily or permanently disabled, the time you must take off work will mean that you are unable to earn the wages you need to support yourself and your family. These physical limitations might also prevent you from being capable of looking after your children or taking care of tasks around your home.
Fortunately, an experienced Georgia personal injury lawyer can help you file a claim or, if necessary, a lawsuit against the party who is responsible for your injury. This will allow you to recover the compensation you need to cover the various expenses and missed earning opportunities that have come about as a result of your accident.
Recovering full and fair compensation requires a bit of time and organization, particularly when it comes to your medical expenses. That’s why you should contact an experienced personal injury attorney from Jonathan R. Brockman, P.C. for a free consultation about your case immediately.
Here’s everything you need to know about keeping track of your documents so that you can optimize your case’s chances of success.
Types of Documents to Track
When preparing to file a personal injury claim, you and your lawyer will probably find documents relating to the following expenses helpful:
- Emergency room visits
- Ambulance rides
- Appointments with your primary care physician
- Appointments with medical specialists
- Diagnostic tests and scans such as MRI or x-ray
- Home health care
- Medical equipment (crutches, braces, etc.)
- Mental health treatments
- Physical and occupational therapy
- Prescriptions and over-the-counter medication
- Transportation and accommodation costs if your treatment requires you to travel
- Household assistance (cleaning, childcare) if your temporary or physical disability keeps you from performing these tasks
Keeping track of these documents will serve as a starting point for determining how much money you can hope to claim in your case.
While there are a lot of similarities among various types of personal injury cases, each person’s individual circumstances are unique. There may be documents that are not included in the above list that will be helpful to your case. Your personal injury attorney will request the necessary items if important documentation is missing.
How to Keep Your Documents Organized
There are several methods for tracking your expenses. There is no “right way” other than what works best for you. You can try one of the following systems, or you can use these ideas as a springboard to help you come up with one of your own.
- Physical filing system – If you are accustomed to keeping your documents organized in a physical file cabinet or an organizer for your folders, that system will work for your medical expenses as well. Make a habit of putting your bills, receipts, and invoices into designated folders as soon as you get them. It is a good idea to have separate folders for various types of expenses. You may also want to file them according to the date on which you received them so that you can find exactly what you need when you need it.
- Take pictures – Taking photographs of your medical paperwork with your smartphone is a great digital alternative to physical files. You can separate your documents into digital folders on your phone or on your computer. Just make sure to back up your data and never share your photos or make a comment about your accident or injuries on social media.
- Smartphone apps – There are plenty of applications on smartphones that are specifically designed to help you keep track of your expenses. Many of them allow you to create separate folders and will file new entries into the appropriate place with just the click of a button.
- Keep a journal – Maintaining a medical journal is a helpful way of not only keeping track of your expenses but also helping you remember the various medical and therapeutic appointments you have during the time after your accident. You can even jot down notes about the subjective experience of your pain each day and whether it has worsened or improved. This can be useful for jogging your memory if you are asked to testify about any aspect of your recovery.
Contact a Georgia Personal Injury Attorney
With all the required paperwork, in addition to the various legal complications involved in filing a personal injury claim, it can be difficult to feel like you can stay on top of everything you need to do. This is especially true if you are dealing with the pain and suffering that accompanies an injury.
Fortunately, the experienced Georgia personal injury attorneys at Jonathan R. Brockman, P.C. are here to take care of everything you need to have a positive outcome in your case – just read what our clients have said about working with us. Our lawyers know what it takes to get the compensation you need to recover and move ahead with your life.
Call us today at (770) 205-8827 to set up a free consultation. We are ready to fight hard to recover the full and fair compensation you deserve.