Insights Into How Our Legal System Works

Insights Into How Our Legal System Works

Keeping Track of Your Pain and Suffering

by Yolanda Lane

If you are involved in a car wreck, you may be suffering in many ways. Your car is useless, and you are in constant pain and unable to work as bills are piling up. One often overlooked issue when you have suffered damages at the hand of another driver is the emotional or psychological effects of the accident on you (and your family). Keeping all these factors in mind, the need for good documentation will seem obvious. In this instance, documentation means journaling. Read on to learn more about what you need to keep up with your journal and why.

Memories are not reliable.

If you end up filing suit against the at-fault driver, your personal-injury case could drag on for months and months. Memories of traumatic events, details, and feelings that you thought you would never be able to forget can soon fade away, leaving you with vague recollections. As soon as possible, begin using a notebook to record the events of your accident, your recovery, and the lasting effects. You can use a book made especially for journaling or just a spiral-bound notebook. Whatever you use, make sure that you use it often during this time period. The information you jot down will not only enhance your healing process but might end up making the difference between a basic settlement offer and a complete and fair compensation package.

Your medical treatment and expenses are important.

Some accident victims make the mistake of thinking that the myriad of medical procedures, medications, tests, hospitalizations, and more speak for themselves. In fact, the dollar amount of your medical expenses and the seriousness of your injuries are the most important factor in determining how much monetary compensation you are likely to be offered. To help keep up with this important compensation factor, keep careful notes about all medically related events and expenses as well as the emotional effect on you and your family.

A chronological record helps you recall things clearly. 

Having a chronological record can make it easier to recall events, and chronological journaling is a system of note-taking that is easy to follow. Even if you are in no condition to begin your journal right after the accident, you should put pen to paper as soon as you are able or enlist a trusted family member or friend to assist you. Even a recording device or app on your phone can serve until you can get something in writing. Keep in mind that memories of traumatic events can come and go, so be kind to yourself if you are having difficulty remembering; the memories likely will all come back to you eventually.

To learn more about what you need to make sure that you remember and notate, speak to your personal-injury attorney or find one by visiting sites such as  


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Insights Into How Our Legal System Works

Hello, I'm Christina Miller. Have you ever been fascinated with why the law works the way it does? Ever since I was in junior high, I had an intense interest in anything related to our legal system, whether it be a crime drama on television, a judge show or a legal case covered on the news. I followed it all. As time progressed, I began learning about how the actual legal system worked and not just the fictionalized version of our legal system. This has lead me to start writing my own blog posts about law that I hope will help others.