If you intend to make a personal injury claim, it’s only natural to have questions about your case and the proceedings. What kinds of damages can I pursue? What types of evidence will I have to compile? What can I do to strengthen my claim?
We will go over the full process in our free initial consultation; however, it’s important to know that there are steps you can take to give your claim the best possible chance of success. One such step is to start a personal injury journal to assist FWI Legal with your pain and suffering damages.
Below we’ve outlined what to include in your personal injury journal:
What Should Go in the First Entry?
The aftermath of an injury is always chaotic. Even after leaving the scene, there may be all sorts of tasks to complete—from attending medical appointments to arranging for a coworker to cover your shifts to getting friends and family to assist with domestic duties. With so much on your plate, it can seem impossible to set aside time to reflect on what happened, but it’s important that you document what you remember while it’s still fresh in your mind.
The first entry in your personal injury journal should describe the incident in detail. You can start by answering the following questions:
- Where and when did the incident occur?
- What seems to have been the cause?
- What were you doing in the moments leading up to the incident?
- Who was involved in the incident? What is their contact and insurance information?
- Were the police called? Was anyone cited? What statements did you provide to officers at the scene?
- Did you notice any surveillance cameras in the vicinity?
- Were there any eyewitnesses? What is their contact information? Did you obtain any statements from them at the scene?
- Have you visited a medical provider yet? What kinds of treatments have been prescribed? What are the contact details of your medical providers?
- Has the insurance company contacted you yet?
- Has the injury prevented you from working?
- What body parts hurt? What symptoms are you experiencing? How frequently do they arise?
- Have you suffered any medication side effects?
Recording these details will help you recall them when you meet with an FWI Legal personal injury attorney. This will ensure your legal team has a strong starting point for the subsequent investigation.
What Should Go in Subsequent Entries?
Following the initial entry, you should spend a few minutes writing daily entries about the symptoms you experience, their frequency, and their severity. You should also make note of any medication side effects.
You should describe how the injuries are diminishing your quality of life. For example, have you had to miss any familial or social events? Are you unable to participate in favorite hobbies or activities? Are your injuries affecting your ability to work or complete job tasks? Are you struggling with household responsibilities? Simply write down the important items from each day while they are fresh in your mind. Please do not let this journal consume you.
Detailed entries about the real-life ways your injuries are impacting your wellbeing could help your FWI Legal attorney build a more compelling claim for non-economic damages, which is pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, emotional distress, and permanency.
Please submit your journal to FWI Legal once you are done with medical treatment or when FWI Legal is preparing a settlement demand package on your behalf. What is a demand package? It is an important part of your case. Please contact FWI Legal to find out.
Call 303-731-4790 to Discuss Your Case with a Personal Injury Lawyer in Colorado
At Falgien Warr & Iyer, P.C., we provide top-notch legal representation to personal injury victims and their families. We offer free consultations and accept cases on a contingency fee basis, so no attorneys’ fees will be owed unless we win. To speak with a member of our team, send us a message or call 303-731-4790.