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Three ways to build your case when you are hospital-bound

Sustaining an injury can be a serious and life-threatening event. Whether you are recovering from broken bones or severe whiplash, you will likely be dealing with the consequences of these injuries for a while. If they resulted from a motor vehicle collision, accident at work or slip and fall, it is especially imperative that you take the steps necessary to advocate for yourself and your case.

If you happen to be in the hospital and cannot leave, there are still options for building your case, and it is important that you do not wait to do so. Consider the following three tips for both making a full recovery and recovering your damages. 

1. Retain all medical records

When you are in the hospital, the staff should keep you informed regarding all treatments and procedures that occur. It is advisable to keep a detailed personal record of this and attain official records from your medical provider, too. This information is imperative in demonstrating the extent, nature and severity of your injuries.

2. Get legal representation

Being in treatment at a hospital may mean you are unable to visit an attorney in person, but that does not mean you cannot acquire legal representation. This is an important step, particularly if you were in a car accident or workplace incident. Larger firms with many cases may not be able or willing to visit you in the hospital, but a smaller firm can offer the personal attention you need.

3. Follow doctor’s orders

Too many people are discharged from the hospital and proceed to disregard their doctor’s prescribed treatment plan. According to US News, this costs an additional $300 billion in health care costs that patients could avoid by simply adhering to doctors’ orders. Listen to what your medical providers say, and be sure to follow whatever treatment plan they recommend for your injury.

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