We often believe our memories are fool-proof. However, you would be surprised how inaccurate our memories can be.
We are prone to forget or, worse, alter our memories. The brain is a complex organ, and we do not realize how often our brains will alter even the most recent memories, especially traumatic ones.
To avoid perjure in the court of law, it is always better to take notes about your accident or injury as soon as it happens. Accurate note-taking is far more reliable than memories, and it can be key for your personal injury claims.
Note-taking or writing down all the details you remember of your accident, injuries, and their effects on your life are the first thing you should do. These notes will prove useful when you file insurance claims or file a personal injury lawsuit months after your accident/injuries.
Always remember to consult Cameron Law Group in Tamarac, Florida, to get the settlement you deserve for your personal injury claims.
Note-Taking for Injury Claims
Here are the main things you should note down for your injury claims.
How it Happened
After an accident, it is understandable that you may be in shock. Once you have cleared your head from the initial distress, you should write down all the details of your accident. You can start with where you were, what you were doing, and your destination right before the accident occurred.
You can note down the time, date, and even the weather condition. If there were any people with you, you should note down their details as well. Once you have the setting, you can start describing the accident in as much detail as possible.
Include details like how the accident happened, what you felt, and its impact on your body during and after the accident occurred. Do not leave out the minor details like, what you heard, who were the people involved, what they said after the accident and what witnesses said.
The more detail you can write down, the better. Although, you must differentiate the facts from speculation.
What it Did to You
You may not feel some injuries till a few hours have passed or even the next day after your accident. Keep track of your injuries, the discomfort, and the pain you feel, several days following your accident. If you experience any anxiety, stress, or sleep deprivation, make a note of that too.
Such things add up in your ‘pain and suffering,’ for which you deserve rightful compensation. Writing them down will ensure you can easily recall and describe when you experienced them, how many times you experienced them, and how they made you feel.
Moreover, tell your doctor every detail of the smallest injuries you incurred. These details will help them treat you better, and it will also go down on your medical record. Most importantly, it will help doctors assess things like a small bump on your head, which caused back pain many weeks later.
Combined, You can use these minor details and your medical records in your personal injury claims made to insurance providers and the person/s responsible for your injuries.
What You Lost
‘Damages’ and ‘pain and suffering’ in personal injury claims extend beyond your injuries; it includes economic, social, and personal losses as well. Again, you should have a detailed description of them, which is why noting them down is your best option.
You should start taking note of them right after your accident. You should note down any salary, income, meetings, work hours, classes, vacations, events, and social or family gatherings you missed due to your accident or injuries.
Any economic, social, or personal losses count, and you should write them all down.
Accidents and injuries are never a good experience. Any damages, pain, suffering, or losses you faced deserve rightful settlement, and you are entitled to get the full compensation for them. Note-taking will help you in your injury claims and ensure that you get the settlement you deserve.
Another best practice is to note down the details of your injury claims process. Write down details related to meeting anyone you consulted, for example, insurance providers, witnesses, doctors, and adjusters.
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