Journal Your Way to A Higher Settlement
Car accidents, bicycle accidents, pedestrian accidents, any type of accident can lead to costly injuries. Even something as simple as whiplash can require thousands of dollars to treat! Why should you have to pay because of someone else’s negligent act? You shouldn’t! But to win the compensation you deserve, you’ll need evidence for your case. Photographs and police reports can only tell people so much. One of the best ways to show how an accident has impacted your way of life is by journaling. There is a certain way in which you want to journal so you’re conveying, in the most effective way possible, how your accident has affected you and your family.
Should you use a paper journal or laptop?
Before you can start journaling, you’re going to have to decide whether you prefer writing on paper or typing your entries into a laptop. Each has their advantages and disadvantages.
Keeping a travel sized paper journal allows you to carry it around more easily. Unlike a laptop, a journal does not need to be booted up. As long as you have a pen, you’re good to go! This is great for getting things down immediately. Due to the ease of having and writing in a journal, you may also write in it more consistently. The downside to a physical journal is that you will always need a pen or pencil on hand. It’s also not as secure as a laptop, so keep a close eye on it.
A laptop is a great choice if you’re someone whose handwriting is more difficult to decipher. Having a laptop will allow you to quickly look up something if you need to. Unfortunately, laptops can be bulky and awkward to write in at the spur of the moment.
Regardless of which medium you choose to write in, we would recommend sticking with it. By keeping everything in one place, you won’t be scrambling later to get your entries in order later.
How do you write about the accident?
As soon as you can, make a journal entry right after your accident. Details have a way of escaping us, details that could prove to be essential to your case. Write them down while they’re fresh in your mind. When writing down your experience, answer all of the following questions:
- What happened before, during, and after the accident?
- What was the weather like that day?
- Were there any road constructions?
- Was the person responsible for the accident distracted?
- Did the other person say they were at-fault?
- What injuries did you sustain?
- How did you feel emotionally?
- Did you seek medical help at the accident site?
Answering these questions will give your lawyer and an insurance adjuster a better idea of how the accident occurred and its impacted on you. But you’re going to need more than this to create a compelling journal.
How often should you journal?
Make it your goal to write about your injuries on a daily basis. Don’t forget to date and time each entry! When crafting an entry, you’ll want to focus on topics pertaining to your injuries. Here are a few topics to consider:
- Provider you visited
- Details about the visit
- Treatments administered
- Medicine prescribed
- Your pain levels
- Activities you struggled with or couldn’t do
Losses you’ve experienced
- Emotions such as depression, anxiety, anger, etc.
Always be as detailed as possible in your entries. Don’t just write, “neck pain.” Be more explicit. What kind of neck pain? Where on your neck? Can you move your head easily? The more precise and exact you are detailing your injuries, the better you’ll be able to convey to the other party how much pain you’re in.
Be aware, your journal will be used as evidence in your case. Avoid writing down anything you would rather stay private.
Keeping a journal is essential. It doesn’t have to contain Pulitzer Prize winning entries. All it needs to do is tell everyone how this accident has affected you and your family.
What other evidence should you keep?
A journal alone can’t win you your case. You’ll need to have other evidence on hand. Evidence can include:
Photographs of the accident scene
- Traffic signs and signal
- Medical equipment
- Car rentals
- Medical records and bills
- Travel expenses
- Police report
A strong injury case is built on evidence. But you need to be able to humanize this evidence, that’s where your journal comes in.
Finally, you’re going to need quality representation who will fight tooth and nail for you! If you have been injured in an accident and would like to seek compensation, call Wilshire Law Firm today at 1-800-522-7274!