If you have been a victim of a car accident, you have the right to seek compensation for your damages. These usually involve:
- Your medical bills
- Lost wages
- Property damage
- Pain and suffering
Depending on the state where you filed your claim, you may get a different settlement. In California, things are pretty simple. There are steps that you should follow after a car accident to ensure that your claim is successful. One of these steps involves documenting your injuries. Here is why documenting your injuries is very important, and how it can impact your car accident claim.
Bolster Your Claim
Following an accident, if you are able to document the scene, you will substantially increase your chances of obtaining the settlement you deserve. This involves:
- Taking pictures of the scene
- Taking pictures of your vehicle
- Taking pictures of your injuries
- Taking pictures of the other party’s vehicle (license plate, car model and color)
- Taking pictures of your surroundings (parking lots, nearby local stores, traffic signs)
By doing so, you will have enough evidence to bolster your claim. And the more evidence you provide, the lest investigation your attorney has to do. That means that your case can settle a lot quicker and that your settlement will arrive in a timely manner.
Visit The Doctor
Right after the accident, you should always visit the hospital and get checked by a medical professional, regardless, of whether or not you have been injured. Sometimes, your adrenaline and shock may confuse you into believing that you are not injured, when in fact, you may have had a concussion or another serious injury. The only and the best solution is to visit a doctor. Upon getting treated, your doctor will file a report. You can ask for a copy of it and use it as supporting evidence, proving that you obtained your injuries from that accident.
Our auto accident attorneys in Los Angeles always advise everyone to get checked for any “hidden” injuries and get treated on time to prevent any other injuries from happening. Do that, and you will have a strong case to present with enough evidence to support it.
Keep a Daily Diary Of Your Injuries
Even though it may seem like a time-consuming activity, you should always keep track of your injuries and your current treatment progress. Always mark the date, time and how you are feeling at the time. Keep records of when you visited the hospital and note any changes in your condition. Your diary can also be used as evidence in your case, proving that you actually had symptoms of a certain condition that you have developed as a result of a car accident.
In addition to your physical injuries and condition, also mark down how you are feeling. This involves your current psychological state. It is no secret that juries reward non-economic damages on a regular basis. Speak with our Los Angeles Car Accident Attorneys to learn how you can recover your pain and suffering damages resulting from another person’s negligence.