A variety of situations can result in Californians suffering harm. Car accidents, slip-and-falls, dog bites, defective products and violence are some examples. Whatever the cause, if you’re injured, it’s crucial to take notes about the incident and your injuries.
Importance of taking notes
After you have sustained injuries from an accident or an intentional act, you will probably want to file a personal injury claim. Because things happen so fast and the situation can cause significant stress, you might not remember all the details later. This is why it’s so important to take notes about everything you can recall while things are still fresh in your mind.
Keeping a journal of the events before, during and after you suffered your injuries can also be used as crucial evidence in your lawsuit. Whether you file your claim with an insurance company or directly against the at-fault party, these details might strengthen your case.
What to include in your notes
Be descriptive in all the details you include in your notes about how the accident or incident happened. Note the date, time and location. If you were in a car accident or a slip-and-fall, you should also write down information about the weather conditions at the time. Jot down anything relevant that you saw or heard when the incident occurred as it could possibly help your case.
Explain how your injuries have affected you on a daily basis. Note whether they impact your ability to work or perform normal everyday activities you once found easy. You can also include copies of your medical records to back up anything you write.
Note all expenses you’re out due to your personal injury. Include anything that has affected you mentally and emotionally as well as physically. This should account for lost wages, job opportunities, school responsibilities, gatherings and anything else you can’t do because of your injuries.
The more details you include about your injuries, the better for your case.