Don't Forget! Using A Journal For Personal Injury Success

Posted on: 20 September 2017

When you are injured because of another driver's carelessness, you have the right to be compensated for your money damages. Money cannot make the pain go away, of course, but it can help to alleviate some of the financial harm that has occurred as a result of the accident. To get an adequate compensation package, you may need to file suit against the at-fault driver (or their insurance company). You should understand that the personal injury process is not necessarily quick, but is the best way to get what you need and deserve. Keeping good records to ensure that you get everything you are entitled to is vital, so read on for more info about the importance of using a journal to enhance your memory:

Medical Treatments

The maze of medical treatments and charges can be confusing and bewildering, particularly for those who are suffering from an accident. Paperwork can mount up quickly, and one appointment can blur into another as you struggle to regain some sense of normalcy after your accident. To ensure that you get the correct amount of compensation for your medical bills, make it a top priority to not only keep all receipts but to keep a journal of your medical treatments.

Lost Wages

Did you miss any work as a result of this accident? If you are like most, you did, and in some cases, you may have had to stay out of work for an extended period of time if you were hospitalized or needed a lot of home recuperation time. You are entitled to be reimbursed for any time you missed work, from the moment of the accident onward. You should count all hospitalizations, diagnostic procedures, physical therapy, mental health counseling, picking up medications from the pharmacy and more. It's important to know that if you used any of your vacation or sick paid time off for accident purposes, you are entitled to be reimbursed. Keep a careful record of all time missed from work, including commute time to and from appointments.


Before your case even comes to trial, you may participate in an important meeting known as a deposition. It is at this meeting, where you will be questioned about the events of the day of the accident and its aftereffects, that your journal notes will begin to show their value. Your ability to adequately recall key events and expenses could result in the offer of a settlement before your case goes to court.

Speak to your personal injury attorney to learn more about using memory aids to improve your chances of success.