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Why Documentation Is Critical in Texas Personal Injury Lawsuits

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New Braunfels personal injury lawyerWhen you file a personal injury lawsuit against another person or entity for injuries that you have sustained, the proceedings will take place in two parts. The first part involves determining liability for your injuries. Sometimes, doing so is relatively easy—such as in a car accident where one driver was 100 percent at fault—while in other cases, assigning liability can be a bit more complicated.

The second part of a personal injury claim involves calculating damages, which can also become extremely complex depending on the nature of your injuries and other considerations for which you are seeking compensation. During the second phase of your claim, documentation will be extremely important, and it is largely up to you to keep a comprehensive record of your losses so that you can be compensated appropriately.

Organizing Medical Records

Certain types of documentation can actually play a significant role in both phases of your injury claim—medical records are among the most crucial. Your medical records will contain the most complete information available regarding the treatment you have received and the nature of your injuries. Your providers can also include their opinions regarding what caused your injuries and your long-term prognosis for recovery. If your claim eventually finds its way into the courtroom, your medical records could be the key to winning your case.

Out-of-Pocket Expenses

Under Texas law, you may also be able to collect reimbursement for money spent out of your own pocket as a result of your injuries. For example, if your medical treatment incurred co-payments, deductibles, or prescription costs, keep careful track of every dollar you spend. You should also document miscellaneous expenses such as gas, tolls, or parking to get to and from your appointments. If your injuries forced you to make changes in and around your home—a ramp, for example, installed over outside stairs—such costs should also be documented and presented for reimbursement.

Missed Work and Lost Wages

Many accident victims are unable to return to work for some time. If you are working a lighter schedule or cannot work at all, it is important to keep track of the difference in pay. Be sure to document all of your missed time, the number of vacation days you had to use, and excuses from your doctor so that there is no uncertainty regarding exactly how much you have lost.

Life Events and Opportunities

While it may be harder to quantify than other losses, you may also be entitled to recover compensation for pain and suffering, which could include loss of enjoyment of life. For example, if your injuries forced you to miss your child’s destination wedding, there should be a record of it. Likewise, if you were a competitive cyclist or runner prior to your accident but are now unable to participate in your favorite activities, be sure to document each missed experience. Money cannot restore your enjoyment of life, but your attorney can assist you in determining a dollar amount for your pain and suffering.

Let a Comal County Personal Injury Lawyer Help

If you have suffered injuries due to another person’s actions or negligence, contact an experienced Texas car crash attorney to discuss your options. Call 830-201-3515 for a free consultation at New Braunfels Personal Injury Attorney, Inc. today. We will work closely with you to build a case and get you full compensation for the losses you have sustained.

 

Source:

https://statutes.capitol.texas.gov/Docs/CP/htm/CP.33.htm#33.012

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