You may be entitled to receive compensation for the pain and suffering experienced as a result of a vehicle accident that was the other party's fault. You'll need an experienced personal injury lawyer to represent you who can negotiate with the other party's insurance adjuster, manage all of the paperwork that's produced as a result of your case, and cut through any red tape that presents itself as your case moves forward. There are a few things you can do to support your legal representative and help your pain and suffering, which will maximize your chances of being awarded fair compensation as part of your settlement. Consider implementing the following two ideas:
Manage a Daily Diary
An excellent way to document the extent of your pain and suffering as well as the healing process is to manage a daily recovery diary. Spend some time each night placing entries in a notebook that provide insight into how the accident has affected your life. Include the following information on a daily basis:
The amounts and types of medication you had to take, and whether or not any of the medicine was prescribed.
Any appointments with doctors, specialists, or physical therapists that you had to schedule or attend.
The amount of work you missed and how much income was lost as a result.
It's also important to include any physical pain you experience due to the auto accident, as well as your mindset about your overall healing progress when applicable.
Create Photographs as Visual Evidence
Creating visual evidence through photographs is an effective way to provide your lawyer, the other party's legal representatives, and the court with specific insight into your case. For example, by going back to the scene of the accident and taking a few snapshots you may be able to better prove exactly how, where, and why the accident happened in the first place. At the accident scene, take pictures of street signs, skid marks, buildings, and any other landmarks that will help tell the story of where the area is and what may have impacted the accident.
If you have any visual injuries, it's a good idea to take pictures of them as soon as possible after the occurrence of the accident, and then again once a week as the wounds heal. This will help prove your pain and physical ailments and how well or poorly they're progressing throughout the healing process. Finally, take photos of any damage that has been done to your car before you take it in for repairs so you have visual documentation of every scratch, ding, and area of major damage.
These tips should make your lawyer's job a bit easier and help ensure that you are awarded the compensation you deserve for your pain and suffering. Contact professionals like Kaston & Aberle to learn more.