Everything You Need to Know About Keeping a Post-Accident Journal in California

If you have been in an accident in California, one of the ways you can document your pain and suffering is to keep a post-accident journal. However, many people are very unclear about what should be covered in this journal. At The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker we are happy to answer any questions you have, or you can keep reading to get an idea about the right options. Call us now at 800-333-0000 if you would like to request a free legal consultation.

What to Include About Your Accident

You should start off writing down everything you remember about the accident in question. This includes every detail you can remember – even if it does not seem important. Write down who was involved, what occurred, where it happened, when it happened, and how it happened.

You should also include weather conditions, how much light was available, and witness information. You can also include a diagram that shows where involved parties were before, during, and after the accident.

As time goes on, continue to write in your journal. The purpose at this point is to provide insight into how the accident has affected your life. For example, if you tried to enjoy an evening at the theater but your injury prevented you from being able to stay for more than ten minutes, this would be something to note. Likewise, if your injury prevents you from playing with your children, write this down.

Take Your Diary to Your Doctors Appointments

The purpose of your diary is to gather information that might help if you need to file a personal injury claim. However, you should also take it to your doctor so that you can discuss any pain or symptoms you are experiencing. This will do two things. One, it will assure that your doctor understands your injuries and can treat them accordingly.

Second, it will put the information into your official medical record. Insurance adjusters might not take your injury diary seriously, but they will take your medical record seriously. If your doctor listens to your injury descriptions and notes them in your file, then this is just one more way you have of validating your injuries and your pain and suffering.

Call Today to Request a Free Legal Consultation

You do not have to wait until your journal is “complete” to talk to a personal injury attorney. In fact, the sooner you talk to us, the sooner we can start helping you. Reach out today to The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 for a free legal consultation. We are here to help you find the best way toward financial recovery from your accident.