The effects of a catastrophic injury can be significant financially, emotionally and physically. Because of the long-term – and sometimes lifetime – challenges that victims may face, it’s critical to gather ample evidence to establish not only someone else’s negligence but the impact of injuries on a victim’s life.
Types of Medical Evidence to Gather after a Catastrophic Injury
Medical bills and statements will be necessary in order to prove the cost for treatment and care:
- doctor visits;
- imaging tests;
- hospitalization; and
- surgical procedures.
Keeping track of every doctor appointment can help when making sure a claim addresses all costs. Unfortunately, this is necessary because courts historically characterize payments for pain and suffering as “uncertain” and without “consistent significance” according to the Michigan Law Review. If future medical care is anticipated, gather an estimation of those costs. This is very important since settling a claim too early could prevent recovery of these damages.
Consider all forms of treatment you may need:
- physical therapy;
- rehabilitation; and
- assistive devices (wheelchair, prostheses, etc.).
Of course, medical records are just as important. They help establish an individual’s diagnosis, severity of injuries, and the potential impact they could have on the claimant’s life; for instance, showing the patient has suffered permanent disability or disfigurement.
Some of the damages that can address the physical and emotional harm resulting from a catastrophic injury include:
- pain and suffering;
- emotional distress;
- mental anguish; and
- reduced quality of life.
But proving these types of injuries can be challenging. The best way to establish the impact of a catastrophic injury is through a pain and injury journal. This can help prove the daily effects the injury is having, along with showing how it impacts performing routine duties. Get help collecting the proper evidence and presenting your case – call Jason R. Schultz at (404) 474-0804.