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How Do I Track Medical Bills After a Car Accident?

Posted on - Thursday, June 23, 2016 under Car Accident, FAQ How Do I Track Medical Bills After a Car Accident?

Here are some steps to follow regarding medical bills that can help ensure your personal injury claim is successful, your attorney is prepared, and you receive full and fair compensation for your injuries.
We have seen all kinds of methods for keeping track of the mounds of statements and medical bills that come through the mail. There are tech-savvy clients that bring their IPads with everything loaded on them. There are other clients that use their paperwork as ash trays before dropping them off for us to cough through.

The stress of being injured is serious. Medical bills coming daily increase that stress, because, usually, the injured person in unable to work. We recommend a filing system that puts those medical bills out of the injured’s sight. Stuff all of the bills in to a box. Drop the box by our office periodically! Out of sight hopefully can make those bills more out of mind.

Making sure your attorney is aware of your medical bills is an essential component of your personal injury claim. In addition to medical bills, you should keep track of any lost wages, replacement household services you can no longer perform, and out-of-pocket costs.

Here is a list of documents you should throw in that box for your attorneys to review.

  • All Medical Bills for any treatment that you received from injuries suffered in the accident.
  • Household Replacement Services – Did you have to hire a maid to clean the house? Someone to wash your clothes? If so, have those people keep a daily time log and describe the services they performed.
  • Home Health Attendants – On top of mounting medical bills, some people are prescribed home health care services. Whether that home health is physical therapy or massage, be sure that you keep those records.
  • Doctor’s Work Excuses – Make a copy before providing to your employer. Stick it in the box.
  • Wage Loss Evidence – What did you make in a typical week? What are you making now? Keep documentation on the difference.
  • Other Wage Sources – If you receive pay stubs, explanations of benefits, short-term or long-term disability benefits, or workers’ compensation, please keep all records pertaining to such.
  • Out-of-Pocket Expenses – Prescriptions, doctor co-pays……It all is important.

Why Do I Have to Keep Up With All of These Records?

In a personal injury claim, insurance companies don’t take our word on the damages you have suffered. We must prove those damages. While we are able to obtain certified records of your medical bills, it always helps to have all of the medical bills that you have received, as well. This allows us to compare the charges. While not often, there have been times where we have not received the full story from the medical provider.

Just remember to start your own box. If you don’t have one, stop by our offices, and we will give you one. We ONLY represent victims of personal injuries. Call us at (770) 727-5550 or Chat Online Now with one of our live representatives to discuss your possible case.