You have a role to play in the success of your personal injury case, and that role often begins even before you have consulted with an attorney. From the very first day after your accident, you need to keep track of records and information essential to preserving the integrity of your case.

After you have been injured in an auto collision or any other type of accident, make sure to document the following:

  • Your doctors — While your attorney can usually obtain medical records for you, you should keep track of the doctors you see, when you saw them, why you saw them and what they told you. This information can help your attorney identify and obtain the records relevant to your case.
  • Your expenses — Note any time you missed from work. Also, log any medical bills you receive and any expenses you incur going to doctor appointments. You may be entitled to compensation for these amounts.
  • Your daily activities — Log your daily activities following your injury. Take note of your pain levels, anxiety, sleeplessness and other symptoms. List any special events you had to miss and any former activities you can no longer perform.

Documenting this information may not only help your personal injury attorney expedite your case, but it may also help build a more compelling and complete account of your suffering and losses.