Originally Posted by antiquewidow
I didn't see this mentioned...
I'm not a lawyer, and I don't play one on TV...but...
There was a mention of an ER having to do with a cigarette. There was no mention of an ER visit in the OP. I'm not sure it happened.
IF you have not been to a medical facility, my $.02 is to get
to one asap. Take lot'sa pics of everything..every road rash mark..every swollen part..and keep the clothes you had on at the time...UNwashed!
Get a copy of the doc's dictation on your visit. That dictation will (damn better should!) be explicit in the detail of every injury. There will be nothing
of this sort: 'Patient fell off her bike..got kind'a scraped up/banged up.'
If there is NOT an explicit, detailed account of the damage...get to another doc immediately.
If the doc says records are not transcribed anymore, keep digging. Your doc/the ER doc may use voice recognition in the EMR (electronic medical record) process, but there is a medical record with a detailed account of your injuries.
GET IT! Make absolutely sure everything in it is correct..AND that everything
IS in it.
..and every other similar record pertaining to follow-up visits for this accident.
Keeping a diary/log about it wouldn't be a bad idea. Two-three years from now, nothing will beat a daily log with inputs like: 'This is the fifth day I've awakened with a severe headache. Same as the ealier four days since the BMW fell apart.'
Absolutely beats (same time frame):
'What other injuries did you have?'
'I had a headache for awhile after the bike fell apart!
'For how long?'
Hope you heal well..in body and spirit.
Get back on that horse (OK...some OTHER horse) and ride!