Documentation Checklist for a Personal Injury case

After an accident, it’s easy to mix up or forget the details of your pain and treatment. By following a documentation checklist, you can make sure to keep track of everything important for your personal injury case.

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Pain and Suffering Journal

  • Starting on day 1, take detailed notes on how your injury has impacted your life
  • Note pain, suffering, and humiliation
  • Keep track of how your injury directly affects your daily life and relationships

Pictures and Video

  • At the scene of the accident, take as many pictures and videos as possible
  • Make sure to take pictures/videos of your injury and your ongoing treatment
  • Collect visual records that will be compelling during litigation

Medical Bills and Records

  • Medical bills and diagnoses will be used to estimate the damages of your injury
  • Medical costs help determine the dollar value of your personal injury case
  • Keep track of all medical paperwork and take detailed notes about doctor appointments

Police Report

  • Make sure you have a copy of the police report (if one exists)
  • Write down the police officer’s name and badge number
  • If there were witnesses to the accident, collect their contact information

Financial Documents and Receipts

  • Note your lost wages, unpaid bills, or any financial detriment that was a direct result of your injury
  • Log all of the little expenses related to your injury, such as medical supplies, healthcare services, or auto repairs

Accident Details

  • As soon as you can, write down everything you remember about the accident
  • No detail is too small
  • Note the time, weather, and what you were doing that day
  • Write down the things you saw and heard—even the way your body moved and reacted during the accident


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