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Keeping an Accident Journal

Tracking Your Accident-Related Pain and Costs Is Key

No matter how many times you replay the moment in your mind, the specifics of your accident will always begin to fade as time goes on. However, the details become increasingly important as your personal injury case proceeds, and recorded evidence of your injuries will be especially crucial in the event your case goes to trial.

Danny Cornell Law can help you make sure you have all the necessary information regarding injuries and costs following your accident. Call (319) 219-2800 today for help.

Important Details to Track

When it comes to documenting your accident and its residual effects, virtually any relevant information could be important in your case, though there are a few things you should definitely keep track of, including:

  • Circumstances of the accident: The type of details you should record will vary based on the sort of accident you've been in. If there is clear evidence of fault for your accident or an apparent reason that it occurred, be sure to write it down as soon as possible before your memory becomes fuzzy. (Recording such details may also help you when it comes time to relay the details to your insurance provider.)
  • Interactions with police and witnesses: Written records of police reports and other such documents should be included in your accident journal whenever possible. Also write down everything you can about your conversations with law enforcement regarding the accident and be sure to record the names, contact information, and testimonies of anyone who witnessed the incident.
  • Medical information: Be sure to keep track of how your physical symptoms develop and whether your pain escalates as time passes. When describing your pain, be as descriptive as possible, and note the effects of your pain and injuries on your ability to work, perform normal tasks, and enjoy life. Also obtain doctors' notes after every visit and keep track of all your prescriptions, noting how much they cost and how often you have to take them.

Download this sample accident journal for your own personal use and ensure you keep track of the most important details:

Post-Accident Journal infographic

When Should I Start Keeping an Accident Journal?

You must begin using an accident journal as soon as you are in an accident, even if your injuries are not yet apparent. This will help you preserve the facts of your case and ensure your personal injury claim is as strong and effective as possible. In doing so, you can also increase your chances of obtaining the compensation you need to afford your injury-related expenses. However, the best way to improve your chances of a positive outcome is to hire an experienced personal injury attorney.

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You are probably overwhelmed at the prospect of healing from your injury and initiating a personal injury lawsuit—but we can help. When you come to Danny Cornell Law for help, you will never be left to figure it out on your own. Our compassionate personal injury attorney is here to make sure you are armed with all the information you need to make informed decisions and proceed with confidence. Connect with a member of our team today to get the quality legal representation you need.

Our Southeast Iowa personal injury attorney is here to coach you up on what to do following your accident. Call (319) 219-2800 for a free consultation today.

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