You should begin an “Auto Accident Experience Log” immediately following the auto accident. In this log, you should document everything related to the auto accident. For example, all the information you have collected at the scene should be kept in this log. You should also keep a continuous diary of phone calls, correspondence, and bills relating to your recovery. In addition, you should keep a running diary of your physical and emotional treatment and healing.
There are a number of reasons this log is important. First, an ongoing record is a much more reliable and accurate method of documenting your case than a rough reconstruction months after the auto accident. The better you can document your claims, the more apt you will be to get the settlement you deserve. Not only are tangible medical bill important, an honest ongoing account of your emotional and physical healing process is useful in evaluating your recovery as well.
If a criminal case is involved such as drunk driving, such a log can be useful when asked to write a Victim Impact Statement. Keep in mind that the log may be considered “discoverable: in a criminal or civil case and a copy turned over to the other side.
Recording your ongoing healing process, how you feel and what treatment you have received, will help you communicate with the medical professionals treating you. In addition it will give you some perspective on your own progress. It can be comforting to be able to review your progress from week to week.
The log itself need not be fancy. A three-ring notebook or an expandable accordion file will work best. Any system where you can keep ongoing written journal/log and keep loose bills and letters together is what you need.
If you were injured due to the negligence of another, regardless of the nature of the underlying accident, it is important to contact an experienced car accident lawyer in Sacramento to discuss your legal options. The Choyce Law Firm has the resources and expertise to aggressively litigate your case in court, fighting to get you just compensation for your injury. Call (916) 306-0636 today for a free consultation regarding your personal injury case.
One of the best things you can do to protect yourself from being taken advantage of is to get legal representation. A knowledgeable car accident lawyer in Sacramento at The Choyce Law Firm has years of legal experience handling personal injury claims with insurance companies. We understand the complex laws and procedures will fight on your behalf and can considerably help you get the compensation you deserve.
Give us a call at (916) 306-0636 to speak with a Sacramento car accident lawyer who can handle your case and take the burden off your hands.
The Choyce Law Firm
1438 Del Paso Blvd
Sacramento, CA 95815