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Injured in an Accident? Use This Injury Checklist to Help Prove Your Losses

When you get injured in an accident, keeping track of your losses can make it easier to recover these losses through an insurance claim. Vehicle accidents, bicycle accidents, slips and falls, workplace accidents, and dog bites all typically involve insurance claims; and, to convince the insurance company to settle, you need to be able to prove how much you are entitled to recover.

With this in mind, it is good to keep an injury checklist. Each day, you will use this checklist to record the various ways in which your accident-related injuries impact your day-to-day life. When recording information, try to be as consistent and as detailed as possible and keep your injury checklist in a safe place to give to your personal injury attorney.

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Your Injury Checklist: 10 Pieces of Information to Track After an Accident

What information should you include on your injury checklist? Here are 10 key pieces of information that will help build your claim for just compensation:

  1. Sleep - Difficulty sleeping, whether due to physical pain, flashbacks, stress, or other issues.
  2. Tasks of Daily Living – Inability to perform daily living tasks (i.e., showering, preparing meals, or driving your car) due to the physical effects of your injuries.
  3. Work – Time you miss from work, whether due to pain, disability or the need to attend doctor’s appointments or physical therapy appointments.
  4. Social Events – Social events that you cannot attend due to pain, limited mobility, stress, anxiety, depression, fatigue, embarrassment, or any other physical or psychological effects.
  5. Family Time – Days, outings, events or one-on-one time that you cannot spend with your spouse, partner, children or other family members due to your injuries.
  6. Physical Symptoms – Headaches, soreness, pain and other physical effects you experience at any point in the day.
  7. Emotional Symptoms – Feelings of fear, anxiety, depression, embarrassment or post-traumatic stress—whether triggered by a specific event or experienced in general.
  8. Visual Signs of Injury – Bruises, burns, lacerations, scarring, and other visible signs of your injuries (note how long these visual signs last, whether they cause you pain, and whether they change over time).
  9. Embarrassment, Emotional Distress or Humiliation – Feelings of embarrassment, emotional distress or humiliation you experience as a result of the visual signs of your injuries, your disabilities, or any other effects of the accident.
  10. Daily Pain Levels – Your daily pain levels, and whether you experience pain throughout the day or your pain worsens at particular times or with specific activities.

Schedule a Free Consultation with the Personal Injury Advocates at Banafshe Law 

Have you been injured in an accident? If so, we encourage you to contact us promptly for more information about how to protect your legal rights. To schedule a free consultation with a personal injury attorney as soon as possible, call 800-789-8840 or get in touch online now.