Should I be keeping some kind of notebook or journal after an accident?

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Should I be keeping some kind of notebook or journal after an accident?

Keeping track of each day after a PA truck accident, motorcycle accident, or auto accident is extremely important. If you want to maximize your Pennsylvania or New Jersey injury claim, you should keep a daily journal. Most injury cases in PA or NJ do not settle or go to court for months or years after the accident. No matter how badly that you are injured, you will not remember the detail of each agonizing day. A daily journal is the best way for an injured person to be able to communicate how badly they are suffering. Auto insurance companies, judges, and juries may be able to review your daily journal to get a real sense of what you are going through.

Each day your journal should record:

  1. The location, intensity, and duration of your pain.
  2. Any physical and mental restrictions that you experienced due to your injuries and pain.
  3. Any medications taken, including both prescribed and over-the-counter.
  4. Any doctor appointments that you attended and the type of treatment that you received.
  5. Any activities, hobbies, or employment duties that you could not perform because of your pain and restrictions.
  6. Any activities, hobbies, or employment duties that you did perform or partially performed, but with pain and restrictions.

A daily journal is your chance to effectively communicate how the accident has affected you. You should keep your journal every day until your case has ended. Many people begin to keep their daily journal, but then quit in a few weeks. If you quit keeping your daily journal, insurance companies and juries may believe that you have recovered. If you need help preparing your daily journal, contact the Bucks County injury attorneys at Cordisco & Saile LLC for more information.

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