Oregon motor vehicle accidents can have devastating consequences. There’s the risk of injuries, property damages and fatalities. If you’re injured in a motor vehicle accident, documenting your injuries helps with medical treatment and personal injury claims.
Seek medical treatment for your injuries. Even if you’re not in pain, you may have an injury. Motor vehicle accidents can cause hidden injuries. For example, you might have internal bleeding. It’s also possible for injuries to become apparent days or weeks after an accident.
Save medical records
Keep copies of all medical records related to the accident. This includes receipts for medical expenses, lab results, doctor’s notes, x-rays and prescriptions.
Take photos of your injuries. If you have cuts or bruises, take several pictures from different angles. Make sure to get close-ups and wide shots. If you have broken bones, get pictures of the cast. It also helps to note if your injuries worsen with time.
Record dates you miss from work, your symptoms, days you experience pain and any other activities affected by your injuries. Providing specific dates will help should you decide to file a personal injury claim.
Get a copy of the police report
The police report will contain details about the car accident. It may also have statements from witnesses who confirm you were injured. Witness statements are also helpful when establishing liability or fault.
Documenting your injuries is important. Provide as much detail as possible and keep the information organized in a secure location. If you must write anything down, do it as soon as possible while your memory is fresh. Also, remember to include the dates. The more accurate your information, the better.