One of the most important things you should do after being injured in an accident is take notes. It might sound odd, but notes are crucial. Notes will help you explain the accident clearly to your accident attorney. They will also make it much easier for you to detail the events of the accidents several months later—should your case go to court or undergo speculation.
So what type of things you should take note of? Here are three essentials:
1. The Details of the Accident
As soon as you are able to think clearly—and are in decent health—take some time to write down the events of the accident. Start at the beginning and write down anything (and everything) you can remember. Be very specific and include details such as time of day, people (or descriptions of people) you saw, and weather conditions. In addition, include things that you saw or heard. For example, if someone said something immediately before or during the accident, write it down. It might sound unnecessary, but these small details can really help your lawyer should your case go to court.
2. Personal Conversations
You might also want to take notes of any personal conversations you have that involve the accident. Be specific about the what the conversation entailed, as well. For example, talking with a doctor about the injuries you've sustained. Include general details about the conversation, such as the content of the conversation. Additionally, be sure to include who the conversation was with and when it occurred. You might also want to notate whether the conversation occurred in person, in a text, or over the phone. Notating these conversations are important, because these people might be used as witnesses for your case. So try to include as much detail as possible.
3. Injuries Occurred
Finally, make sure that you write down detailed notes about any injuries you occurred due to the accident. While you should make notes of the general injuries, you should also jot down how you feel each day. In addition, be sure to include whether you have visited the doctor and what your treatment plan is. If you suffer from discomfort or anxiety, be sure to detail that as well. If you notice any triggers that cause your pain or distress to worsen, be sure to write that down as well. As you might expect, these notes will help your attorney when it comes to negotiations. However, they can also help in court.
Taking notes is a crucial part to any accident case. So if you have suffered from a personal injury or accident, make sure you write down these three things. These notes can greatly help your accident attorney—and your case as well.