If you feel you have no role to play in your car accident injury claim, you should think again. Even if you have legal representation, you can take an active role in protecting your accident compensation.
For example, you can help by not posting about your accident on social media and by gathering evidence and documentation. Another way to protect your accident claim is to write about it in a journal format.
An accident journal is not meant to be seen by just anyone. The only people who should see your journal are you and those on your legal team. They can use the contents to strengthen your accident claim.
What should you write about?
Treat your journal like a diary, but only write about matters related to the car accident. Be careful to include details and avoid embellishing any aspects of the crash. Start a new journal instead of using your personal diary or blog.
Examples of what to discuss in your journal include:
- Accident details, such as date, time of day, weather, road conditions
- What happened, including events that occurred before, during and after the crash
- Life impact: How your injuries affect your daily life (such as your ability to work or go to school)
- Your suffering: Talk about injuries and their direct effects, such as continuing physical and emotional pain and trauma
- Medical information: Track doctor appointments, treatments, medications and therapies (physical or vocational)
The contents of a vehicle accident journal show a clear record of the crash and how it has harmed your life. It can also help prove that you deserve additional compensation from the at-fault party for pain and suffering in addition to economic damages.