When you experience a personal injury, it is important to take note of some key aspects of the situation so that you are able to provide your personal injury lawyer with ample information. This way, you are also more likely to win your case. There are typically two big questions that arise when a personal injury case begins, which are “What happened during the incident?” and “What kind of harm did you receive?” While you may be able to retrace what happened, it can be tough to remember specific details over time.
One of the best ways to make sure that you preserve every important aspect of your injury is to take notes as soon as you can after the incident has occurred. Even if it is the last thing on your mind so soon after what may have been a traumatic experience, just remember that it will help you in the long run with strengthening your position in a legal claim. If you are unable to act quickly due to injuries you have experienced, you may even want to have a witness, friend, or family member help you follow the following suggestions we are going over in today’s blog.
Write Down What Occurred
As soon as you possibly can, grab a pen and paper and write down everything you can think of that relates to what exactly happened before, during, and after the incident that led to your injury, such as the time, place, weather, who was present, how the incident unfolded, what was said, what you experienced, and anything else you might feel that is important to note. You will also want to record what injuries you suffered, the extent of your injuries, medical treatment you received (and are going to need to receive, if applicable), and the effect that your injuries have on every aspect of your life, from work to social and personal life. This also includes doctor visits, time missed from work, therapist visits, any planned vacations that needed to be postponed or cancelled, and the effects that your injuries have had on your relationships.
Continue Recording Information Throughout Your Claim Process
You will want to continue keeping track of new things that develop throughout your case, such as notes after having conversations with witnesses to the incident, your personal injury lawyer, your insurance company, medical care providers, and anyone else who plays a potential role in the outcome of your case. Be sure to record the date and location of each conversation, each individual’s name and contact information, and as much as you can remember of what was discussed throughout the conversation. You will also want to log how you feel day-to-day in regards to your injuries or mental health, how they impact your life, and how you are progressing towards recovery. While all of these notes may seem a bit tedious, they will only help you and your personal injury lawyer throughout the claim process with helping you to receive adequate compensation for the injuries you experienced.
Talk to Our Minneapolis Personal Injury Lawyers Today
Have further questions about the note-taking process and want to learn more about why it is such a vital step in the process of your case? Consult our experienced personal injury lawyers at Woods & Thompson, P.A. in Minneapolis today. We have helped our clients with a wide range of personal injury cases such as auto accident injuries, slips and falls, child injuries, and more, and will be able to analyze the information you have gathered to help you with retrieval of the compensation you deserve.