Observations and Notes After the Incident or Accident

In any injury or accident claim, the two most important factors are:

  1. The details of the accident
  2. The injury or damage arising from the accident

These two factors are crucial to a personal injury lawsuit. Sometimes a lawsuit can go on for a long time. It is therefore important that you keep proper details of the accident and the resultant injury or damage so that you can recollect them as and when required. However human memory is short and time goes by one tends to forget the finer details. This can prove costly in a personal injury lawsuit. You can overcome this by taking notes of the accident scene and the events that occurred immediately after the accident. This can go a long way in helping you with your personal injury claim. If for any reason you are unable to make a note of the accident scene, ask your loved ones to make a note.


Here are a few things that you should observe carefully and make a note.

Accident: Make a note of the sequence of events that led to the accident, the accident scene, the surroundings such as the road condition, the weather condition, witnesses to the accident, etc.

Injury: The type of injury you suffered, the treatment you received, how the injury affected your life including the pain (emotional and physical) and economic losses you suffered because of the injury.

Claim Process

As you move ahead in with your claim, new developments may take place. This can include negotiations with the insurance company and further treatment. You may also have to interact with persons who had witnessed the accident. If you talk to anyone, note the person’s name and contact details and how he or she is connected to the injury. You should also make a list of the date and details of the conversation.

Ideally,  you should make notes every day including how the injury affected your day and the expenses you have incurred each day towards your treatment. All this will help you in your personal injury claim.

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