One of the very first things that you should do after you have been involved in an accident or injury is to make a note of your injuries, the details of the accident, and the effect that they have had on your day-to-day life. While the notes that you make may not seem very important at the time, they could be very helpful if you wish to claim compensation for your accident.
Making a note of your accident right now is an effective way to remind you of what occurred and when. Please don’t make the mistake of assuming you will remember every single detail of your accident in two to three months’ time, it’s unlikely that you will. Instead, make a note of everything you can remember, so you can refer to it further down the line.
Make a note of anything that may affect your claim, and do this whenever you remember something that you had previously forgotten to write down.
What you need to make a note of
Before you take your claim to court you will need to make a note of:
– The Accident
Write down every single thing that you can remember about the accident, and include:
What you were doing
Where you were
Who you were with
The time of day
What you saw
What you heard
What you felt before, during, and after
What you heard people say
– The Injuries you Sustained
In the first few days after your accident, you should make a note of all the pain and discomfort that you feel. Do this every single day so that you have a complete record of it. You may be suffering from discomfort, pain, anxiety, loss of sleep, and other physical or mental symptoms.
Failure to make a note of your injuries very soon after the accident could result in you forgetting exactly what occurred. This potentially means that you may not get the compensation you deserve. In addition to helping you get the compensation you deserve, making a note of your injuries will also help you to describe your injuries to an insurance company.
– Conversations you had
It’s important that you make a note of the people who witnessed your accident or injury, and every single conversation that you had about it, the date and time of your conversation, and whether you were speaking to someone face-to-face, or over the telephone. Include the conversations you had with your friends, family, insurance adjuster, and medical staff, as they are all relevant.
– Loss of Money and Other Losses
If you have lost money due to your accident or injury you may receive compensation. Immediately after your accident, or as soon as you can make notes, write down the work hours you have missed out on, any social or family gatherings you were unable to attend. Don’t forget to include any job opportunities you missed out on and that vacation you’re going to miss because you cannot board a plane, for example. Make a note of the things that you would have otherwise partaken in if it wasn’t for your accident. All of these things may be taken into consideration when determining how much compensation you should receive.
– Taking Pictures of the Scene
It would be useful if you could return to the scene of your accident so that you can take photographs, make notes, or talk to anyone else who may have seen the accident. Again, all of these things may be taken into consideration when determining how much compensation you should receive.
While making a note of your accident may not seem like a priority right now, it could help you to remember exactly what occurred and when. This information could allow your lawyer and an insurance adjuster to understand who was to blame, and if someone else was at fault you may receive compensation.
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