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What Should I Write in My Car Accident Journal?

Car accident injuries are enough to threaten most people’s financial security. Not only do they contribute to mounting medical bills, but they often keep victims out of work, as well.

Thankfully, if you were hurt through no fault of your own, you may be entitled to compensation for the resulting damages. And even if you were at-fault, you might be able to obtain compensation from a PIP policy.

Florida allows accident victims to seek funds for both their economic and non-economic losses, if their injuries meet the serious injury threshold. Before you can recover a single dollar, though, you’ll have to prove that you actually incurred such damages.

In addition to saving relevant documentation, like bills, invoices, and diagnostic images, writing detailed entries about your road to recovery will contribute to the strength of your claim. This, in turn, will allow you to pursue the maximum payout possible.

Let’s take a look at some of the most important subjects to address in your journal:

1. The Circumstances Surrounding the Wreck 

For your first entry, write down everything you can remember about the incident in question. From weather conditions to the number of passengers who were involved in the crash, no detail is too small to include.

When you’re done recording all that you can recall, copy over all the information you gathered at the scene so it’s in one convenient place. Examples include the other motorist’s insurance information and the names and phone numbers of the eyewitnesses.

2. The Medical Care You Receive 

Entries about the treatments you receive and the subsequent physical therapy sessions you attend will help contextualize your medical records. After every appointment, make sure to record:

  • The date, time, and location of the appointment;
  • The transportation you used to get to and from the office;
  • The provider whom you saw;
  • The purpose for your visit;
  • The procedures, tests, and/or exams you underwent; and
  • The follow-up care that was ordered.

3. The Challenges Your Injuries Pose

In Florida, car accident victims may seekcompensation for their pain and suffering, emotional distress, and loss of enjoyment in life. You can demonstrate the extent of these losses by writing about the ways in which your injuries are affecting your everyday life.

For example, are you unable to participate in your children’s lives? Do you need to rely on services for cooking and cleaning? And what about your mental health? Are you struggling to cope with the emotional impact of the limitations your injuries pose? Answering these and other questions will provide considerable insight into your non-economic losses.

Call (954) 880-9500 to Discuss Your Case with a Car Accident Attorney 

At Lubell Rosen, LLC, we understand the physical, emotional, and financial toll that unanticipated injuries can take on the whole family. If you were hurt in a motor-vehicle collision, we will help you prove liability and damages against all responsible parties.

By letting us handle the logistics of your claim, you can focus on more important matters, like taking care of your loved ones and making a full recovery. Call (954) 880-9500 or fill out our Contact Form to schedule a free consultation with a car accident lawyer.

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Ryan M. Sanders,  Esq.

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