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3 ways to document an injury

Nothing will disrupt your life the way an injury can. If it happens at work, you might find yourself unable to work and struggling to pay bills. A car accident that results in injury can similarly impair your ability to function and leave you facing daily physical pain. Dealing with the consequences of an injury is difficult, but it is important that you get medical care as soon as possible and consider taking legal recourse. 

Your case will be greatly strengthened by robust documentation of the injury. In the immediate aftermath, documentation may not be the first thing on your mind, but it is important to do so and report the injury to the appropriate authorities. Follow these three tips for effective documentation.

1. Photograph injuries

Some injuries are immediately apparent, but others are not. Whether you have suffered severe but invisible whiplash or a visible laceration of your skin, you should closely photograph the site of your injury as soon as possible. Take pictures from several angles, and if the visibility of your injury develops--as is often the case--continue photographing its development.

2. Photograph scene

In addition to photographing your injury, you should take pictures of the surrounding scene. If you have been injured in a car accident, for example, get snaps of all cars involved as well as the road and any other relevant details that may have been contributing factors. These pictures can help support your injury claim and also avoid potential liability.

3. Keep track of progress

Photographing your injuries continually helps document and support your claim, but you should accompany this with written accounts of your injury, too. Journal your daily pain level on a scale of one to 10 and keep track of any other suffering you have experienced related to your injury. Details such as this help to build a solid case so that you can get the care and support you need.


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