Your Car Accident Injury Lawyer Needs You To Take Notes After A Traffic Collision
Have you been injured in a traffic collision? Are you suffering physical pain that prevents you from working, taking care of your family, and enjoying your life? Are medical bills and other expenses piling up faster than you can keep up with them? If so, you need a car accident injury lawyer who understands how insurance companies work; who has extensive experience representing accident victims; and, who fights for his clients’ right to receive a fair settlement for their losses.
Gordon R. Levinson of The Levinson Law Group is the car accident injury lawyer you need on your side. Mr. Levinson used to work for some of this country’s largest insurance companies. Now he uses his insider knowledge of how insurance companies handle accident claims to benefit his clients. Put this insider knowledge to work for you!
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The Accident Scene
In the minutes following a car crash, you will likely be disorientated and confused. You may be in terrible physical pain depending on the severity of your injuries. If possible, make notes at the accident scene as soon as your head clears a bit (TIP: use your cell phone to send yourself a text if you do not have a pen and paper or a note function on your cell phone). Begin by noting what you were doing immediately prior to the collision and continue noting every detail you can remember. Do not forget to add details about the weather conditions, road conditions, and traffic signals.
Also note any conversations you overheard by the police officer investigating the collision, the other driver, emergency responders, and eyewitnesses. Your memory of the events is the strongest right now; therefore, capturing these facts is extremely important.
Take notes of all conversation related to your traffic collision. Make notes regarding conversations with doctors, attorneys, insurance adjusters, law enforcement, and witnesses. Note the date and time of the conversation in addition to the name of the person you are speaking with, his or her title, his or her employer, the topic of the conversation, and important details of the conversation.
When you are injured in a traffic collision, you suffer physical injuries that cause pain and suffering. However, you also suffer financial losses due to the crash. You need documentation of these costs in order to receive reimbursement for these costs from the at-fault driver. Begin keeping a journal (TIP: a notebook with a pocket for receipts is helpful) of every cost related to your traffic accident. Examples of costs you may incur after a motor vehicle accident include, but are not limited to:
- Property damage (i.e. your vehicle, items inside your vehicle, etc.)
- Towing expenses
- Medical bills (i.e. emergency room visit, physicians, medical tests, x-rays, medical treatments, physical therapy, etc.)
- Lost wages, income, or other compensation
- Travel expenses
- Over-the-counter medications and medical supplies
- Medical equipment
- Paying someone to do household chores, yard work, or care for you
- All other financial losses associated with the accident (i.e. missed events paid for in advance, a pre-paid family vacation, school classes, etc.)
In addition to your financial losses, you can receive compensation for your physical pain and emotional suffering. Because this type of damage is difficult to value because it is subjective for each person, it is very helpful to keep a pain and suffering journal detailing your injuries and your recovery. Items to note in your notes about your injuries include:
- The details of your injuries and details describing the severity of your injuries;
- Your pain and discomfort level each day;
- Meetings, classes, and other events you may miss due to your injuries;
- Tasks you are unable to perform due to your injuries;
- The impact your injuries have on your relationships with others; and,
- The days of work and/or school you miss;
- Your emotional state (i.e. anxiety, trouble sleeping, trouble eating, depression, etc.).