When you suffer injuries in an accident, you may wonder if you’ll ever be able to forget the fear and pain you’ve experienced. The details of the crash and its aftermath may be exceedingly clear in your mind. However, it is true that with time, some memories will fade. This is why experts suggest that victims keep a recovery journal. These personal accounts can keep clear details, timelines, and other information that may end up being important to your legal injury claim. Victims may wonder how exactly they should keep this journal, so we’ve compiled some helpful tips to guide you.
How to Keep a Recovery Journal After an Alaska Accident
The format of your recovery journal isn’t limited to one style. While some prefer to write things down with pen and paper, others may prefer to type out an electronic version on their computer. It’s even possible to keep a running note on your cellphone. No matter which version works best for you, simply be sure that all your notes are together and easily accessible to you. Make sure to record the date for each entry and be as detailed as you can.
What to Write in Your Accident Recovery Journal
So, what should you write about? The short answer is anything that you think may be relevant to your accident claim. Even if you aren’t sure if it’s important, it’s better to include more details rather than fewer. Some key topics to include are:
- The accident itself. As soon as possible after the accident, write down all the details you can recall about the crash itself. Note the day, time, weather conditions, road conditions, the other driver’s behavior, and anything else you may remember. Include notes about conversations you may have had with the other driver, witnesses, and law enforcement.
- Your physical and emotional pain. Describe both the physical pain and any emotional distress that resulted from the accident. It’s normal for these memories, especially, to fade over time, so it’s important to note how you feel as it happens.
- Your medical appointments. For each medical appointment, make a note of who you saw, what you discussed, and the advice or treatment of your doctor.
- Other instances that demonstrate how the accident has impacted your life. If you are forced to miss work, modify your lifestyle, miss out on family or other important events, or abandon previous hobbies, describe these situations and how you feel about them. These are important aspects of your life, and they may play a role in your claim.
While an accident diary is helpful in remembering details and tracking your medical care, it’s also important to remember it may not remain private. The details of your case will dictate whether or not your journal entries may be shared with others involved in the process. So, take care to write focused, detailed, honest entries that provide an accurate reflection of your life post-accident.
If you or someone you love has suffered injuries in an accident, you have rights that can be protected. In addition to these helpful tips on keeping a journal, an experienced attorney can provide information and guidance that will help you be as successful as possible. In Alaska, attorney Ben Crittenden has helped many accident victims obtain the justice and compensation they deserve, and he may be able to help you, too. Subscribe to his free newsletter to learn more about what he does and the legal options available to Alaska accident victims.