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October 12, 2017

Four Tips for Documenting a Personal Injury for Court

After a serious accident, your first instinct may be to put the experience behind you as quickly as possible. However, moving on too quickly could prevent you from being properly compensated for your injuries. In fact, the steps that you take after suffering from an injury that was through no fault of your own could be key to getting the compensation that you deserve. Whether you have been injured at work or elsewhere, proper documentation of your injury and its effects on your life is essential for when you take your case to court. Here’s what to do to make sure that you’re in tth the best chance of getting the compensation that you deserve. 

#1. Take Photographs
Although you might not want to have photographs of your injury and the scene of the accident in your possession, this could be the most crucial part of the evidence that you present in court to your opponents. The first place to start is with the scene of the accident itself. If you are seriously injured and require medical attention, then try to get a relative or friend to take photos of the scene whilst you are treated. Both close-up images and images from a distance should be taken, as this will give your lawyer and the court a better understanding of what happened should you decide to make a claim. 

#2. Get Witness Statements
Depending on the type of injury that you have sustained, then there may have been witnesses at the scene who could prove very valuable to you later in court. If anybody saw the accident unfold and witnessed you being injured first-hand, ask them if they are willing to share their contact information with you since they may be able to support your claim in court. It’s a good idea to get information from anybody who is directly or indirectly involved, including any police officers and other first responders on the scene. 

#3. Keep a Diary
If you have suffered an injury that will take some time to recover from, then it’s a good idea to keep a diary that documents the effects that it has had on your daily life. A written or video journal that describes how you feel both physically and emotionally can be useful in several different ways; not only will it help you to remember important details in the future but it can be used to help your lawyer create a very strong personal injury case. 

#4. Keep Track of Expenses and Financial Loss
If you have sustained an injury that results in financial loss, such as being unable to work or you need to spend money on treatment and recovery, it’s important to keep detailed records of this. In general, an injury that results in a financial loss is much more likely to get maximum compensation in court. 

Keep records of things such as time taken off work, receipts for prescriptions, and any travel expenses when getting treatment. 

If you have suffered an injury that was not your fault, careful documentation afterwards can help you 
get the compensation that you deserve. 


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