When you are injured, it is important to write down every detail you can as soon as possible. Do not rely on your memory to recall important details. The four things you need to keep notes on are the accident itself, your injuries, your losses and your conversations.
The accident. Write down everything you can remember about the circumstances of the accident. This includes the time and date, the location, who you were with and what you were doing. Write down what you saw, heard and felt when the accident happened.
Your injuries. Make detailed daily notes of any pain, discomfort, anxiety, loss of sleep and other effects you feel. Share these notes with your doctor, and make careful notes about everything the doctor tells you. Do not be shy about voicing your concerns with your doctor and asking questions.
Your losses. Carefully track any direct expenses, such as medical fees, and other losses, such as inability to work, attend classes, go on vacation, or visit with friends and family.
Your conversations. In addition to your visits with medical professionals, take notes on your conversations with witnesses, insurance adjusters, and attorneys you consult with or hire.
Whether these notes are on paper or on a computer, make sure they are kept safe from loss or damage. If possible, keep a second copy of your notes separate from the original.
- Am I covered under the Jones Act?
- Can I pursue a wrongful death claim regarding my family member’s death?
- Can I receive compensation for a car accident or truck accident injury?
- Can I receive compensation for an oil rig injury?
- Can I receive compensation if I was injured by a product, such as a ladder or a power tool?
- Can I still receive compensation if I am partially responsible for my own injury?
- Do I have a personal injury case?
- Does Texas law require me to wear a motorcycle helmet?
- How much is my case worth?
- How much will it cost to hire a lawyer?
- How should I choose a lawyer?
- If I am injured while on someone else’s property, can I receive compensation?
- What are compensatory damages?
- What Are Mineral Rights?
- What can I do if someone is spreading false information about my business?
- What if I am not sure who is at fault for my injury?
- What if the person at fault for my accident is deceased?
- What is a “material” breach of contract under Texas law and why is it important?
- What Is a Wrongful Death Claim?
- What is my Houston personal injury case worth?
- What is repudiation of a contract?
- What is the Death on the High Seas Act?
- What is the difference between mediation and arbitration?
- What Is the Jones Act?
- What makes a trucking accident different from other auto accidents?
- What should I do after an accident or injury?
- What should I do if I am having trouble with a business insurance claim?
- What should I do if I feel that my insurance claim was unfairly denied?
- What should I do if I’m involved in a traffic accident?
- Who can file a wrongful death lawsuit in Louisiana?
- Who can file a wrongful death lawsuit in Texas?
- Will I have to testify in court for my personal injury case?
- Will my case have to go to trial?