Tip # 7: Keep a Record of Expenses
Keep Records of Your Accident-Related Expenses
So far, our tips have focused on creating and keeping records that your lawyers can use as evidence in your claim for financial compensation. Tip # 7 continues this trend with a focus on your personal expenses.
When seeking compensation for accident-related injuries, it is important to keep a record of all of your out-of-pocket expenses. This includes your:
- Medical expenses
- Hospital bills
- Costs for prescription drugs and over-the-counter medications
For most accident victims, these are by far the largest categories of expenses, but, they aren’t the only ones. In fact, as a victim of someone else’s negligence, you can seek reimbursement for all of your accident-related costs and expenses. So, as part of your personal injury claim you can also pursue compensation for things like:
- The cost of hiring someone to mow your lawn
- The cost of hiring someone to shovel your sidewalk
- The cost of hiring someone to help you with other chores around the house
Regardless of what it is, if you have to pay for it because you are injured, your may be able to obtain reimbursement through an insurance settlement or personal injury lawsuit.
Avoid Paying in Cash and Get Receipts for EVERYTHING
Of course, in order to file a claim for reimbursement, you will need to be able to prove that: (i) you actually incurred the expense, and (ii) the expense is related to your injuries. So, in addition to taking photos of your injuries, you should also be sure to keep records of all of your expenses. To create an appropriate paper trail, you should:
- Always pay by check
- Keep copies of invoices
- Obtain a receipt for every transaction
If your case goes to trial, it could potentially be years before your lawyer will be showing these records in court. So, don’t rely on online bank accounts or other services that may only keep records for a limited period of time. Save, print, download – do whatever you do to safeguard these records and keep them readily available.
We know all this recordkeeping can be a pain, but, trust us, if it helps you win your case, it will be well worth the time and effort involved.
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