In the immediate aftermath of an accident in which you were injured, it is important to take down some notes to preserve accurate memories of the incident that you can use for an ensuing personal injury claim. These notes will be very useful months down the line, as they’ll be a record of the details and your experiences. You should continue the note-taking process throughout the time afterward in your dealings with medical professionals and insurance adjusters.
Here are just a few examples of some things you should include in your notes:
- Events of the accident: How exactly did the accident occur? Write down everything you can remember about the accident—what you were doing, where you were going or coming from, who was with you, the weather, the time of day, all details about your senses (especially sight, sound and feeling), and any witness information you have. The more details you can include, the better.
- Injuries: Write detailed notes about the injuries you experienced, including when you first noticed them, the extent of the pain you dealt with, the limitations that pain put on your everyday life and the kind of medical treatment you needed to get. Include information about all symptoms, both physical and psychological, and get medical records whenever possible to back up your statements.
- Other effects of the accident: You should detail any other effects of the accident beyond just your injuries. This could include emotional trauma, damage to familial relationships, financial losses, loss of employment, loss of opportunities or enjoyment of life or any other effects you may have noticed.
For more information about taking good notes after an accident, contact a reliable Bradenton, FL personal injury lawyer at Goldman, Babboni, Fernandez & Walsh.