How Taking Notes Helps with Personal Injury Cases

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If you’ve been injured in a car accident, one of the most important things you can do is to begin taking notes as soon after the accident as possible. The notes you take regarding the accident can help your lawyer prepare to file his claim. Here are some important things to consider when taking notes after your car accident:

The Accident

You’re not going to be able to take notes immediately following your accident, because you’ll be busy doing other things, such as talking with police and seeking medical attention. However, in the days and weeks that follow, you should write down information, including:

-The date and time of the accident
-The weather conditions at the time of the accident
-Information about the driver, including the make and model of his vehicle, and if you remember the driver exhibiting any odd behavior
-Names and contact information for any eyewitnesses
-Details about the accident, such as what you were doing immediately before the accident, where you were headed, who you were with, etc.
-Details regarding any conversation you may have overheard or took part in

Because memories fade over time, make it a habit of taking notes on anything that you can remember, including anything that was remotely related to the accident, your injuries and your recovery process. This may only take a few minutes each day, but this can have a very big impact on your overall claim. Any information you gather is extremely helpful when it comes to meeting with your lawyer. Even if you remember things when a pen and paper are not handy, you can still make a voice note on your cell phone.

Proof Needed for Compensation

In order for you to receive compensation for your injuries and other damages you sustained as a result of the accident, your lawyer will need to prove two things:
First, that the other driver caused your accident, and;
Second, that you suffered damages as a result of the accident.
When documenting your injuries, it’s best to do so in a journal for easy access. The items you should make a notation about are:

-A detailed description of your injuries, including any photographs
-Your daily level of pain
-Notes about your recovery process, including how the injuries and your recovery impact your daily life and your ability to take care of family matters, household chores and work-related tasks
-Details about conversations you have with others regarding your accident and injuries
-Any information you deem appropriate and relevant to your accident

You’re entitled to receive compensation for both non-economic and economic damages. Your injury journal can help your attorney place a value on your non-economic damages (including pain and suffering). You should keep all receipts for your out-of-pocket expenses, as that will help ensure you’re collecting enough money to reimburse yourself for those costs. You should also document travel expenses every time you visit your doctor or another medical care provider. Contact the experts at Cohen Placitella & Roth for more information.