If you have been hurt in an accident due to someone else's negligence, you may have a case for filing a personal injury claim to recover the medical costs you have had to cover and to compensate you for the pain and suffering you have endured. Whether you have been in a car accident, been bitten by a dog, or were injured due to a defective product, you have the right to hold those accountable for your accident.
As soon as you think you may have a personal injury claim, you should begin keeping a diary or journal to track not only your injury and how you have suffered but of your recovery process.
A Personal Injury Diary
Many attorneys will ask their clients to keep an ongoing account of their injury and recovery process. This will be used as evidence to document what you have gone through and why you should be compensated by the person who was responsible for your injuries. In this diary, you should include the following items.
- Receipts from emergency services (such as the emergency room or ambulance bill) and/or hospital bills.
- A detailed record of medical appointments, how far you had to travel to/from appointments, and any parking fees to go to these appointments.
- Receipts for any devices needed after the accident (for crutches or a neck brace).
- A list of all medications you had to take as you recovered, including their costs.
- A list of instructions from doctors and/or physical therapists.
- A detailed record of your pain levels on any given day.
- Documentation of what you can no longer do or enjoy since the accident.
Writing out these details every day is much more likely to be a true account of what you are going through as you recover, rather than waiting months after you have healed to remember what you went through. Memories fade, especially if you had to take heavy pain medication.
The amount of compensation you could receive in a personal injury lawsuit will be based on your injuries, the economic costs associated with your injuries, and the non-economic costs for pain and suffering. Having proof of what you went through will go a long way in establishing the case that you deserve to be compensated for another person's negligence.
John Hadden, Personal Injury Trial Attorney
John Hadden is a former civil defense lawyer who now devotes his time to helping victims of negligence and wrongdoing. With his background, he understands how the other side (defendants) works. He has handled a wide range of personal injury and wrongful death cases. If you have been injured because of someone else's negligence, The Hadden Law Firm is here to help. Call The Hadden Law firm at 404-939-4525 or fill out a contact form to get started on your case today.