Recording detailed information regarding your accident in the immediate aftermath is crucial to putting your injury claim together. This is especially true since your case may take several months and you can forget vital pieces of information. Write down any information you can gather and build a small library of details no matter how trivial they may seem at the time.
Once an accident has happened and you are not seriously hurt and have checked on the status of the other party involved, write down all you can remember about how the accident happened, starting with what you were doing, where you were going, and anyone present with you. Write everything you heard, saw, and felt before, during, and after. Also important to record is anything you remember a person involved in or a witness to the accident saying.
Noting your injuries after the accident is important, but you should also note any discomfort which may present itself in the days that follow. Many times, an injury such as neck strain takes some time to make itself known. You should be sure to include any such injuries into your settlement for compensation. Writing down your injuries can also aid in a physician's diagnosis which can be submitted to the court later as a medical record.
Note Emotional Losses as well
Any emotional losses including pain and suffering can be compensated for as well. Make notes after the accident about what you have lost in the accident such as work hours, job opportunities, meetings, classes, events, family or social gatherings, vacation, and anything that you would have enjoyed if not for your injuries.
If you were not able to take notes and/or photographs of the accident scene immediately after, you should make a point of returning to the scene and speak with any witnesses that can help your case. Your notes should also be reviewed by an attorney who can use them to build your injury claim.