Steps to Take to Help Your Case
1. Collect information. Collect as much information as you can for your case. Talk to witnesses, get police reports, collect any insurance information available and take photographs of the scene. Take any notes that you think may help support your case.
2. Go to a doctor immediately. Do not delay seeking medical attention. Even if you do not feel any pain initially, it is best to seek medical attention for any injuries that you may not feel at the time due to adrenaline or shock.
3. Follow your doctor’s advice. Show up to all of your doctor appointments and listen and do what your doctor tells you. If you miss appointments, you may be telling the other party that your pain is not affecting you or is not as severe as you say it is. These medical records can help your case.
4. Keep detailed records after your injury. The best way to keep track of all of the damages you have suffered is to keep a detailed record in a specific binder or folder. This will help to make sure you do not forget any major information that may help your case. Keeping any paper records or receipts can help as well.
5. Keep a journal and write down everything you remember about the incident and your recovery.
Keep track of the following:
- Doctor visits
- Property damage
- Missed time at work
- Medical bills / future medical bills / prescription costs
- Any life changes due to your accident (physical limitations, not being able to work, activities you are unable to participate in)
- Emotional damages (changes in your relationships with friends or family, how you feel about yourself)