Mild traumatic brain injury claims have grown more common in recent years. This means that insurance companies will be quick to dismiss your case. It also means that you’ll have to do everything in your power to defend yourself, and that means having strong evidence.
Collect evidence to strengthen your case
If you or someone you know has suffered brain damage due to an accident, and you want to claim compensation, be sure to collect documents, reports, and evidence to strengthen your case. Some of them include:
Police or accident report: If your brain injury was a result of an accident like a car crash, be sure to get a copy of the police or accident report.
Ambulance call report: Information recorded by the ambulance and paramedics will document any period of unconscious that could be used as evidence towards proving your brain injury.
ER and medical records: Keep a copy of every single hospital, medical, or testing documents you can think of. These will all help you in your case and will work as evidence in strengthening your arguments.
Summary of client’s previous medical treatment: Any existing medical conditions you had before the accident can be compared to the injury and impact after.
List of potential witnesses: Taking down the names and contact information of witnesses who were at the scene of the accident will help you later on. Witnesses aren’t limited to those who were at the scene, but also anyone who knew you before or after the accident who can testify as to the changes in your behavior and how your brain could have been injured.
Psychologist report: Doctors who performed tests and diagnostics on your brain should give a statement and prove their credibility.
Photographs of signs of trauma: Pictures of the harm you went through such as bruising, laceration, swelling, or any other physical evidence could help your case.
Those are just examples of documents that will help strengthen your case if you are planning on filing for a brain injury. Essentially, you should keep any report, document, or photographs that are associated with the brain injury. Get everything in writing and keep copies of any medical records or reports you come across.
Be sure to prepare these for your attorney when you speak to him or her about how to settle your case. Having these documents and reports prepared ahead of time will help your attorney determine whether or not you are eligible for compensation.