Documenting the injuries you have is the most important thing with respect to receiving compensation later from the at fault driver’s insurance company (generally this will be the semi-truck driver’s insurance company).
You cannot document your injuries yourself. Insurance companies that are required to pre-approve medical treatment do not trust handwritten notes, no matter how methodical. Insurance companies will only authorize treatment, or eventually compensate for injuries that have medical record documentation. The medical record documentation includes all doctor visits, all doctor bills, diagnoses, MRIs, CT scans, and any other studies ordered by the primary care doctor.
If you go to your doctor as a result of a semi-truck injury, you cannot tell the doctor “I am fine.”
This is the best way to guarantee that you will not be fine in the long run. The doctor will write down that you seem to be doing well.
The problem will occur a few weeks later when your knee is hurting you. Nothing else has happened, and to you the knee hurting is an obvious result of the semi-truck accident.
However, the medical records tell a different story:
Medical record after the accident: Patient says he/she is feeling better. No pain.
Medical record a few weeks later: Patient now says knee hurts as a result of semi-truck accident.
You will have a difficult time getting to see any specialist, or have any insurance approved treatment as a result of the first medical record. The BEST way you can get yourself denied care later on is by saying the very common phrase: “I’m fine. No really, I am okay and just want to go home. I’m not hurt.”
If you are okay, don’t go to the doctor. If you are going to the doctor, you need to tell the doctor exactly what is bothering you.