How to Document Your Car Accident Property Damage and Medical Expenses

Documenting Car Accident Property Damage and Personal Injury Expenses After a Chicago Car Accident

To put yourself in the best position to receive the compensation you deserve for your injuries suffered in a Chicago area car accident you must document all of your personal injury expenses meticulously. Failing to do so may leave you short changed and in the end, feeling like justice was not done in your case. One of the primary reasons for filing a claim for damages after an accident is to believe that you received justice for the wrong you suffered. As Auto Accident Lawyers in Chicago are dedicated to seeking justice for our injured clients, we at Stein & Shulman we can help you document your expenses so you can receive just compensation for your injuries.

Documenting Medical Expenses to Ensure a FULL Car Accident Settlement From the Insurance Company

We encourage our clients to be active participants with their claim. We will do all of the legal wrangling, the negotiation, and prepare the all of the court filings and whatever else we need to do to win your case. We cannot do it alone; we need your help. One of the best ways to help us with your claim is to document all of your expenses relating to your injury, treatment, and recovery from your accident. Be meticulous about recording all expenses. Think broadly. Expenses mean more that just doctor’s bills. Here is a list of items you should collect:

  • Doctor’s bills. Doctor’s bills include emergency room visits, outpatient visits, surgery, x-ray imaging and MRI’s;
  • Physical therapy bills;
  • Prescriptions;
  • Over-the-counter medications and home health care items, like a wheelchair or crutches;
  • Transportation costs;
  • Time lost out of work, to include used sick days, used vacation days, missed bonuses and overtime; and
  • Expenses related to your care at home such as home care aides, visiting nurses and moving or construction costs you paid because your injuries left you unable to live in the same manner as you did before the accident.

This list is not exhaustive but merely an illustration of personal injury expenses.  Any expense related to your recovery from the crash can be included as an expense.

It is important for your case to be able to prove how the accident affected your life and to show the amount of pain and suffering you went through because of someone else’s negligence. One of the most concrete ways to prove your pain and suffering, as well as the severity of your injuries, is to show how much money recovery from your accident has cost you.  Piling up medical bill upon medical bill, upon cost after cost shows the insurance company’s attorneys that you deserve to be compensated for your injuries. The greater the cost to you, the more compensation you deserve to receive.

There is no one correct way to document all of your expenses, as long as you record every penny expended on your recuperation from the accident. You can use a folder for each health care provider who is treating you. You can include all of your expenses in that folder for that provider along with medical records and correspondence you receive from that provider. You can use a spreadsheet computer program if you are lucky enough to have computer skills. Another common yet useful way to record your expenses is to use a calendar only for your accident recovery. You can record each day’s spending on the calendar. Whatever method you choose, keep it neat and organized. You should give a copy to your attorney and retain a copy for yourself as well.

Injuries From A Car Accident Have Serious Ramifications

Our passion is to win compensation for our clients who suffered injuries through no fault of their own, including aggravation of pre-existing injuries. Each experienced Chicago Auto Accident Injury Lawyer at Stein & Shulman, LLC is an internal part of an experienced, dedicated, successful, and committed team who devote their practice to winning compensation for their clients who suffered injuries in Chicago car accidents. Learn how you can protect your rights by making an appointment today by calling 312.422.0500 or complete our on-line contact form to discuss your case. There is no fee unless they are successful on your behalf.

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If you were involved in an auto accident and need help, the law firm of Stein & Shulman, LLC has the experiences and resources to help you get the compensation you deserve for you injuries and financial losses.

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