When someone is injured in an accident, whether it is a car wreck, slip and fall, or some other occurrence, it is essential to write down what transpired as soon as possible to preserve important details. Trauma and stress may affect an injured person’s ability to remember. Written notes created immediately following the accident can help the injured person recount what occurred to their insurance company or lawyer.
Include information that may be helpful when describing the circumstances leading up to the accident and how the accident occurred. Include names and contact numbers of any witnesses.
In addition to writing down details immediately after the accident, keep a running account, or journal, of the post-accident details. These details include physical pain, medical treatment, psychological effects (for example insomnia, panic or anxiety attacks, or depression), job-related consequences, impact on personal life and relationships, and effects on everyday life.
A journal helps to document the damages suffered by the injured party. Pain and suffering damages may be available to people injured by the negligence of others. The effect an injury has on the personal life of the injured person as well as family members is part of the damages analysis. If someone is unable to participate as before in family events, childcare, housecleaning and other tasks, compensation can be sought as these are a consequence of the injury.
Also document any negative effects in the workplace. The negative impact that the injury has on the injured person’s job, including pay, performance evaluations, and consequences for missed time plays an important part of the damages analysis.
If possible, supplement documentation with photos of the area where the accident occurred. Sometimes, the area is changed following the accident, by repairs or maintenance. Photographs can preserve vital evidence and provide context. Also include contact information for businesses and residences in the area where the accident occurred as many homes and business have security cameras.
Report every symptom to healthcare providers following the accident. Insurance companies or defendants may claim that injuries were not caused by the accident but were either pre-existing or caused by some other event. If a new symptom arises or a symptom worsens days or weeks after the accident, the injured party should inform his or her healthcare provider.
Some injuries are immediately evident following an accident. However, some injuries become noticeable later, and some injuries worsen over time. Report all physical, psychological, and emotional symptoms to healthcare providers. Such symptoms can include shaking, tremors, muscle spasms, headaches, stiff neck, cramps, blurry vision, depression, and confusion. Do not discount or minimize symptoms as they may be indicators of a more serious injury.
If you have been injured in an accident, most likely you will file an insurance claim. While it is important to inform the insurance company of the claim, it is highly advisable to speak to an attorney before providing details of the accident itself or discussing any injuries.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident or other type of accident, our experienced Georgetown personal injury lawyers are prepared to help you. At Jacobs & Crumplar, P.A., our attorneys can assist you with insurance issues and help you to claim compensation for your injury-related expenses. Contact us online or call our Wilmington or Georgetown, Delaware offices at 302-656-5445 to schedule a free consultation. We represent clients throughout the state, including those in Dover, Delaware.