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Documenting Personal Injury and Car Crash Cases

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How to keep notes after a car crash or personal injury

How well the victim of a serious car crash documents their injury experience can make a difference in the amount of financial damages for which a car crash lawyer can successfully advocate .

In the initial days following the accident, the individual must make everyday notes of every pain and discomfort that his or her injuries bring about. He or she might experience pain, discomfort, anxiety, sleeplessness, or other difficulties which are unnoticeable or minor as another injury but for which ultimately he or she may request supplemental payment. If the person does not make particular note of them right away, he or she might not recall precisely what to incorporate in his or her request for settlement weeks or months afterward. By making notes, it will make it simpler for an individual afterward to explain to an insurance company how much and what type of pain and discomfort he or she was in.

Furthermore, by recording his or her various injuries, a person might assist his or her doctor in diagnosing him or her. For instance, a moderately minute bump on the head or snap of the neck might not appear worth revealing, but it may aid both the doctor and the insurance company realize why a severe back pain occurred numerous weeks after the accident. In addition, by informing the doctor or other medical provider about every injury, those injuries are incorporated in the person’s medical records that offer evidence afterward that such injuries were brought about by the accident.

Personal Injury & Car Accident Case Documentation Checklist

In the unfortunate event of injury, it is important to keep all information and documents related to the event for use by your legal representatives.

Read our step-by-step guide to getting the most out of your injury journal. McMinn Law Firm has compiled a number of examples for consideration:

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Accident Injury Journal (Pain and Suffering)

It is very helpful to keep an ongoing journal of how the injury has impacted your life since day one, including all absences or changes in behavior as a direct result of the injury. Don’t be afraid to note how the injury has also affected interpersonal relationships or the course of daily life, including pain, suffering and humiliation.

Pictures and Video of the Injury or Accident

If there are visual damages to you or your property as a result of the incident, capture with video and/or photos for use in the litigation process. Keep visual record throughout the healing process to prove before/after damage to yourself.

Medical Bills

A key measure of the value of the personal injury case is in how much medical costs were after he crash or fall. When your lawyer or the insurance adjuster go to estimate damages of the crash, they will be looking at medical bills and diagnoses. It’s important to share all this information with your lawyer.

Medical Records

Should you seek medical help (which is highly advisable after any injury-related incident), keep all line-item medical bills, diagnostics and detailed notes from doctor appointments.

Police Report

In the event the police are summoned to the accident, it is important to keep all police reports and officer and detective information. Be sure to collect their names, phone numbers and badge numbers, in addition to all case numbers.

Insurance Claims on A Car Accident

Keep copies of all medical and auto insurance claims as a result of the incident.

Financial Documents and Financial Receipts

It will be imperative to prove lost wages, school time, worker compensation filings, unpaid bills or other proof of financial detriment caused by the injury.

Log all out-of-pocket expenses and receipts related to the injury, including medicine, medical supplies, healthcare services, auto repairs, or cost of repairs or replacement related to other personal property involved in the accident. As soon as possible after the trauma of an accident, it’s critical to write down everything one recalls about the accident, starting with what he or she was doing and where he or she was traveling, his or her passengers, the time and weather. A person must incorporate each detail of what he or she observed, listened to, and experienced—twists, blows, and shocks to his or her body directly prior to, during, and right after the accident. In addition, an individual must incorporate anything that he or she recalls listening to anyone—an individual involved in the accident or a witness – state about the accident.