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Take Notes After an Accident or Injury


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5/14/2015
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A Baltimore personal injury attorney is your greatest asset in the aftermath of an accident. The weeks after an accident are harrowing. If you've been in an accident, then you know how life-changing it can be. Maybe you're finding that your quality of life has been significantly affected and that you're going to require medical care over an extended period of time. If that's the case, you may be able to claim compensation from the party responsible for your injuries.

A Complex Process

Your Baltimore personal injury attorney will help you understand how complicated claiming compensation is. Sometimes several months elapse between your initial consultation and receiving compensation. These are eventful weeks, and much will be happening. This is why taking notes is an indispensable part of the process.

At the Accident Scene

Accident scenes are chaotic. Nonetheless, it's essential to find some space to make notes as soon as possible. If your injuries are not too extensive, try to begin before you leave the accident site. Be as detailed as possible, including information about the time of day, the weather, and where you were going. Make note of any other people in the area and try to record the circumstances that led to your injury. As life-altering as an accident is, memories of it become jumbled in the ensuing weeks. Making a written record is helpful to your attorney and may contribute to the success of your claim.

Document Injuries and Medical Care

Doctors and other health care personnel take copious notes about your symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment. These records are valuable to your attorney and your claim, but your own notes can be useful too. Keep a small notebook with you to jot down any symptoms you experience. Moments of dizziness, severe headaches, and nausea may all be caused by your injuries. Also make notes concerning your sleep patterns in the weeks following the accident. If you used to sleep like a baby but now experience broken rest on a regular basis, this may be an important consideration for assessing your quality of life after the accident. While writing down your symptoms is advisable for your personal injury claim, it may prove useful to your health care provider too. It isn't always easy to remember to tell your doctor about all of the symptoms you're experiencing, so your notes may aid in your doctor's efforts to provide a clear and comprehensive diagnosis.

Financial and Quality of Life Losses

What have you lost as a result of the accident? Were you forced to miss hours at work? Are you no longer able to run competitively? Have your injuries sidelined your plans to go back to school? Each of these losses may represent additional compensation in your personal injury claim. However, these losses are frequently difficult to quantify. Spend a few moments contemplating how your life has changed since the accident and what you are no longer able to do. The more detailed your notes are, the easier it will be for your attorney to begin attaching a financial amount to your loss.

Teleconferences and Meetings

Whether you are having a phone conversation with an insurance adjuster or are meeting face-to-face with the police, take careful notes of all discussions. This helps you recall where, when and from whom you received certain information.

Contact A Baltimore Personal Injury Attorney to Evaluate Your Situation

Call (443) 394-0900 today to speak with the practitioners at the Law Offices of James Lee Katz, P.A. If you've been injured in an accident, you need a competent Baltimore personal injury attorney to be your advocate. 



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