If you are pursuing a personal injury lawsuit in relation to injuries that you sustained due to an accident, there are a few different things that you are going to need to keep track of in your daily life that will assist your case.
#1 Medical Treatment
One of the most important things that you can keep track of is your medical treatment. Keep an appointment book where you keep track of all of your medical appointments and treatments only. Next, keep a binder of all of your different doctors and places of treatment. For each tab in the binder, keep copies of all of your doctor's notes and records, as well as billing for each appointment. Keeping good track of this information will assist you with your personal injury case. Your personal injury attorney will also know which medical documents are vital to your case, so be sure to consult with him or her.
#2 Personal Impact
The second thing that you need to keep track of is how the injuries personally impacted your life. You may want to keep this in the form of a journal, adding notes throughout the day and writing out a statement each night.
In this journal, you should document the medical care and treatment that you have to undergo and how this changes your life. You should note how your injuries affect your job and your personal life. For example, if you can no longer take your dogs for walks and have to pay someone else to do this, that is a way the injuries have impacted your life. Or if you used to be able to watch your children all day but now need assistance for part of the day, that is another way in which your life has been impacted.
It can be hard to recall this information off the top of your head, so keeping a journal is a great way to show in court the impact this accident and the injuries resulting from it have made.
#3 Social Media
Finally, it is a good idea to keep a quiet online presence while going through a personal injury lawsuit. Keeping in mind that you are filing a personal lawsuit, the defense will be able to dig into your life as deeply as they want to, including looking at all of your social media postings and basically anything that keeps a digital record.
While you are going through the lawsuit process, stay off social media if at all possible. Even innocent comments, like a picture with a hashtag about enjoying your day, can be used to downplay your injuries and how they have impacted your life. It is better to be careful than to lose your lawsuit or reduce your damages due to a single tweet, image, or post online.
Keeping track of your medical treatment, personal impact and social media presence are three active ways that you can contribute to building knowledge and evidence for your lawsuit.