Keep a Day-By-Day Diary of Your Injuries
It’s hard to remember what exactly happened after a car crash. That’s why it may be a good idea to keep a daily diary of the injuries you sustained in a car accident. You may have never had a diary in your life, so why should you start now?
Memories tend to fade over time. Sometimes accident victims suffer from amnesia or a loss of consciousness for a period of time and cannot recall everything. Insurance companies, judges, and juries will need to know how long you have been in pain with a certain injury. If you have suffered multiple injuries, trying to remember all the details can be a challenge.
You don’t want to risk giving answers that are inaccurate or vague. This will hurt your credibility and make it seem as though you are lying. You don’t want to give this impression.
By having a diary that you update daily, you don’t have to rely on your memory. You can easily see how you felt on a certain day. You can tell how long you have had a certain injury. With a diary, you have a written account that shows how the car accident has affected your life. These details can help back up your claim for damages, and this is one of the secrets to settling your car accident injury claim.
What to Put in Your Diary
This isn’t the kind of diary you had while you were in middle school. You want to make sure you include the right information—information that can help your case.
Every day, you should take notes about how you are feeling. What are your pain levels? Have any injuries become better or worse?
Take some time to assess the injuries. Does the pain get better or worse when you perform a certain action? Are you on medications, and if so, do they seem to be helping alleviate the pain? A pain journal can help you understand what is triggering your pain and help you look for patterns.
You should include information from doctor appointments. If the accident has caused injuries that have affected your daily life, that’s important information to include as well.
Accuracy is Key
Keeping a diary of your injuries and pain levels can help your doctor give you appropriate medical care. For example, if the pain seems to be getting worse, it may be helpful to switch to a different medication. Perhaps surgery or some other medical procedure may be needed?
A diary can also help your lawyer understand the extent of your injuries. This will allow him or her to value your claim at an appropriate value so you can receive the most money possible.
For these reasons, it’s important that the information in your diary is accurate. The contents of your diary will be shared with everyone involved in your case, so it won’t be private. You don’t want to lie or exaggerate because that will only make matters worse. Keep it honest and your diary can serve as a useful tool in your case.
A daily diary can help you remember important details about the car crash so you can receive the compensation you deserve for your injuries. A lawyer can also help you in this regard; to be sure, an attorney can advocate aggressively on your behalf in each step of your claim.