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How To Document Your Recovery After A Wreck
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THE FINE PRINT: The information provided on this website is opinion and general legal information about the laws in North Carolina. It is not intended to provide legal advice and does not create an attorney-client relationship.

If you have been injured in an automobile accident in North Carolina, it is a good idea to keep a recovery journal that details the ways the accident has affected your life.

Immediately write down everything you remember about how the wreck happened. Though you think the accident is etched in your memory forever and you will never forget it, time has a way of erasing or confusing memories. If the insurance company is not willing to pay a fair settlement and they force you to hire a lawyer and file a lawsuit, you may not get your case heard until years after the wreck. Your memories will fade; I don’t know how many times my clients have begun preparing for trial, only to find that for the life of them they can’t remember all the little details of the accident. While this is only human, it can seriously damage your case. So just take a little time to write down the details of what happened. It may save your case later on.

As important is making daily entries in your recovery journal during your recovery. These should include what medications you have to take as a result of the wreck, the level of pain that you experience over the day, how the wreck has negatively affected your life that day, and any milestones in your recovery. For pain, it’s easiest to record using a scale of 0 - 10 with 0 being no pain at all and 10 being the worst pain you can imagine. Examples of negative effects of the accident could include things like not being able to mow your lawn, do dishes, or drive because the medication for your injuries makes you unsafe. When you start to get better, milestones of recovery might include being able to walk again after being bedridden.

Basically, include everything you can think of related to your injury, even if it doesn't seem like a big thing at the time. Something like whether or not you could pick your child up from school really is significant. Your recovery journal should be written in a list, to make things quicker for you and easier to understand quickly for the people who will need to read it down the line.

Joe Adams is a personal injury attorney based in Asheville, North Carolina, who takes personal injury and wrongful death cases throughout the state of North Carolina. He has been fighting insurance companies and big corporations for more than 25 years.

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