If you have been involved in any type of accident that results in serious injury, then you need to take certain steps to protect your right to fair compensation for your damages. One of the first things you should do following an accident or injury is to document everything you can remember while the details are still fresh in your head. Writing down detailed notes after an accident can substantially increase the strength and value of your injury claim when you are negotiating with insurers or if you need to file a personal injury lawsuit. From the specifics of your injury after a doctor’s diagnosis to the effects the injuries you sustained have on your daily life, numerous details aren’t in a police accident report that might end up proving the other party’s negligence and liability.
When it comes to successfully negotiating a personal injury claim, you need to keep organized, written or typed, documentation that includes important facts and statements about how your injuries impact your life. When you think back to the accident to write your notes, think about what you saw, what you heard, what was said, and what you were doing at the time of the accident and during the aftermath.
You should also write down or type what you felt during the accident and how you feel during your treatments and the recovery process. If you felt nervous, distraught, intimidated, depressed, or any other emotional side-effects from the accident and your injuries, write it down in your notes.
Take note of the following things you remember leading up to and after the accident:
You should also take notes on the cars and people involved in the accident Write down the driver's contact information, license number, license plate number, the make, model, and color of the vehicles, and insurance company name and phone number.
Write down what you observed from other people involved in the accident, including:
Insurance companies will look for any reason to deny your claim, which is why it is crucial to seek medical attention either at the scene of the accident or immediately after at a hospital or doctor’s office.
If there are witnesses who observed the accident or emergency responders who assisted following the crash, take the following notes:
Insurance companies will only pay for “reasonable” medical expenses, so you need to document the medical treatment you receive after the accident, like chiropractic, dental, physical therapy, and other types of medical treatment that are necessary for your recovery. Write down the dates you were hospitalized and had to travel to medical or therapy appointments.
Keep track of the following for every medical provider who cared for you:
You should also keep notes for any of the following assistive medical devices:
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