As March winds down and the days grow warmer and longer, perhaps like me, your thoughts turn to spring cleaning. That time of year where you clean out the nooks and crannies and corners of your home that you’ve successfully ignored for the winter months.
It’s also a good time to check in on your vaccine injury. Unavoidable delays in the Vaccine Court can lengthen the time your case takes significantly. We usually file the claims after you’ve completed the bulk of your treatment. That does not however mean that your symptoms have disappeared. Spring is a good time to check back in with your providers, either in a regular checkup or with your specialist (for example a neurologist). If you have ongoing symptoms – even if they’re not all the time – make a point to mention them to the doctor. Things like, how often it wakes you up. The parts of your life have you changed to adapt to the injury. How often you take pain medication for your vaccine injury.
Documenting your ongoing symptoms, whether they are severe or mild, in your medical records is critical in proving your damages claim. Notations in medical records are far more persuasive than witness statements. If you can’t get into a doctor, then witness statements are the next best thing. But think beyond friends, such as instructors in exercise classes or trainers at your gym. Employers and coworkers can also help. However, medical records will always be the best evidence.
So, take a moment this spring to check in on your vaccine injury, and while you’re at it – let us know how you’re doing!
For more information contact The Law Office of Renée J. Gentry, Esq.