If you have recently sustained serious injuries in a fall accident at a local business, you may have decided to file a claim to cover your injuries. To make your and your attorney's case for you stronger, use the following tips for starting and keeping a journal to document the accident, as well as your injuries and how they affect your day-to-day life.
Make Your First Entry An Account Of The Accident
As soon as possible after your accident, make the first entry in your journal. It should be a detailed account of the accident. Doing so quickly after you have hurt yourself helps you recall minor details that could prove negligence on the part of the store.
For example, if you slipped and fell outside of a shop on an icy day, recall whether or not the area you fell in was properly shoveled. If not, the business could be liable for not taking action to ensure their customers' safety.
Include Any Reports With Your Journal
Along with your first entry, include any reports with your journal. One convenient way to do this is to use a notebook with built-in folders or a binder in which you can add folder dividers. Reports such as police reports and emergency room and doctor's notes should be included.
As your medical care continues, add folders for any notes or copies of prescriptions that are given to you. All medical documentation can help strengthen your case by proving that you sustained injuries that required extensive time to treat.
Write An Entry Every Day
Not only do you want to include official documentation about the accident and your injuries, but you also want to show how they have affected your quality of life. You can do this by writing an entry every day.
In each entry, write whether or not you had a doctor's appointment or physical therapy. Also, write how these trips are inconvenient to your life, especially if you need to find a ride. Also, write down if you are suffering from pain or upset that you cannot play with your children because of your injuries. Details such as these can provide sustenance to your claim.
Using the tips above can help you keep up with documentation that could help you win your personal injury claim. If you have any further questions on what you need to do, you may want to seek out your personal injury attorney's advice.
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