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How an Accident Diary Can Help Your Claim

How an Accident Diary Can Help Your Claim

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If you are filing an accident claim after being injured in a motorcycle crash, one useful method to receive the compensation you need is to document your recovery. Many personal injury accident victims create a diary where they carefully record everting that happens after the crash. This can include descriptions of how your injury has responded to medical treatment and the effect your injury has had on your life. Contact me to schedule a free, no obligation consultation to find out if you may be entitled to compensation after being injured in any accident that was not your fault.

What is an Injury Diary?

An injury diary is a self-written account of the difficulties you have experienced since being injured in an accident. It can be typed or hand-written, depending on whether your injury has affected your ability to write. However, you should keep the contents of your injury diary private throughout the claims process and not share it with anyone other than your attorney. He or she will help you decide which information should be included in your diary and the frequency in which you log information about your injury.

Why Should I Keep An Injury Diary?

One of the most important activities after an accident is updating your diary and recollection concerning the incident. The aftermath is critically important to be documented. It should be done there and then and also until your case is resolved. By doing so, you positon yourself in a better way to make necessary claims.

What Should My Injury Diary Include?

The contents of your injury diary should include any information about your injury that may help your personal injury claim. This should include:

I. Description of the Accident

One of the first entries your injury diary should include is a detailed description of the accident that resulted in your injury. Personal injury claims may take several months or years to resolve, so immediately recording your accident may help you remember important details.

Your description of the accident should include the:

  • Location where the accident occurred
  • At-fault party’s actions during and after the accident
  • Time of day in which the accident occurred
  • Condition of the weather during the accident
  • Contact information of any witnesses who were present during the accident
  • Hazards that may have contributed to causing the accident
  • Names and agencies of law enforcement officers who responded to the accident

II. Your Medical Information

Another important element your injury diary should include is any medical information that may be relevant to your claim. This can include the:

  • Treatment you were prescribed
  • Names of any physician or specialist you may have consulted
  • Types of medical tests you have undergone
  • Number of times you have visited doctors’ offices or hospitals as a result of your injury
  • Severity of your injury throughout the recovery process

III. The Pain You Are Experiencing

Your diary should also include entries about the pain and suffering you have experienced since being injured in the accident. This should be an accurate description of the pain you are experiencing as well as any limitations you have suffered because of your pain and discomfort. Your diary should include descriptions about the pain you have experienced, the area of your body where the pain occurs, the severity of your pain and how often the pain occurs.

IV. How Your Life Has Been Affected

Additionally, your diary should state how your injury has prevent you from living a functional and independent life.

V. How Often Should I Write In My Injury Diary?

Although there is no specific number of entries you should make in your injury diary, you should frequently write about your injury throughout the claims process. However, you should always write about any new developments in the following subjects:

  • Your health
  • The type of medical treatment you are receiving
  • How your injury has responded to treatment
  • New symptoms or medical conditions that occur as a result of your injury.


If you have been injured in an accident that resulted in you suffering an injury, contact me, Andrew S. Prince for a free, no obligation consultation. I will provide you with a free, no obligation consultation to review your claim and help you determine if you are entitled to compensation from the at-fault party. All of my services are provided on a contingency fee basis, which means you only pay me if I recover compensation for your claim.

I have been representing the motorcycle community in New Jersey for over 25 years. Call me. There is never a charge for a legal consultation. To schedule a free initial consultation with me, Andrew S. Prince, visit my website ( first to further review my qualifications to help you.

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