After a traumatic accident, your first instinct may be to put it behind you. Moving on too quickly could be a huge mistake. The scope of your post-accident photography and documentation could make or break your personal injury case.
Even though you will most likely be shaken after the incident, be sure to record personal information from those directly and indirectly involved. This might include the negligent party, witnesses or police officers.
“You’ve heard the expression, ‘Time heals all wounds.’ Many clients may forget the significance of their injuries and impairment or how much damage was done to their property after some time has passed. We instruct our clients to keep a diary of the events so they can refresh their memories about what took place,” says Brad Parker, Board Certified personal injury attorney for Parker Law Firm. Using a journal to record how you felt physically and emotionally while your injuries were healing in addition to detailing how the accident affected your daily life is an incredibly useful tool to help your attorney build a strong case.
“In addition to documenting in writing what happened, it’s important to take photos of anything that applies to the injuries or damage caused by the negligent party. A picture truly is worth a thousand words,” Brad says. Take as many pictures as possible of anything related to your accident. Begin by taking photos of the accident scene itself, as well as pictures of your injuries.
Don’t neglect to document any correspondence with professionals that may help confirm the validity of your injuries. If you communicate via email or letter to doctors or physical therapists, hold onto them for additional proof. Also keep track of all expenses incurred as a result of your accident. This can be anything from medical bills and prescription costs to lost wages and transportation expenses.
While there may be details that seem insignificant to you at the time, they could end up being important down the road. It’s easy to sift out unnecessary paperwork, but you can’t go back in time and document vital factors that may affect your case. If you or a loved one has been involved in a traumatic accident, call us at 817-440-3888.