Memory is not always reliable, so make note of details as soon as they come to you.
In making an insurance claim or personal injury lawsuit, documentation is key. There are plenty of things that you should do after a car accident to protect your case. But there are some very basic steps you can take after a car accident that can help to document the accident and support your personal injury lawsuit or insurance claim.
As soon as possible after an accident you should begin taking notes. Taking notes is one of the most important things you can do following an auto accident even if you think you have got a great memory. Accidents can be traumatic and these adrenaline filled moments can be difficult to recall later. Making note of the things you notice can make the claim process much easier later on. Doing whatever you can to make sure you get the full compensation you deserve is important, and in order to increase your chances you must have great documentation to support your case.
When you take notes about the accident you should focus some of your attention on the accident itself, your injuries, financial losses you experienced as a result of the accident, and conversations you have with people about the accident. Include pictures with your notes if you can.
So, take notes about how and when the accident occurred, and all of the details you remember. Memory is not always reliable, so make note of details as soon as they come to you. Answer the basic questions of what, where, when, how, and who were you with. Include as much detail as you can remember. Write down what you were doing, where you were going, if you were with anyone else, what you were thinking, seeing, feeling, what the weather was like, the time of day, etc. The idea is to be as detailed as possible even if you think the things you are recording are unimportant. Small details that you may think are unimportant could actually be very helpful to your case. If there were any witnesses around, or other people involved in the accident, talk to them as well and record their thoughts and memories about the accident. Write down their contact information also.
Take notes about your injuries in addition to your notes about the accident. The effects of the accident, your injuries and symptoms are important to document. You have medical bills and doctor’s notes to support your case, but it is crucial to include details about the affect your injuries have on your life. Describe the impact that the injuries have on your life and the symptoms you experience. Are you losing sleep? Feeling anxious? Experiencing pain, anxiety, or suffering? Does your injury have an impact on how you interact with your family or your daily life?
You should also take detailed notes when you discuss the circumstances of the accident with medical personnel, insurance claim adjusters, other insurance representatives, witnesses, etc.
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