If you've suffered an injury at the hands of others, you would be wise to take good care of yourself afterward. This means not only seeking medical help for your injuries but attending to the less considered needs of your emotional life. The way you cope with the aftermath of an accident could impact how successful your personal injury claim is in a major way. Read on to learn more about the benefits of journaling and how it enhances your chances of personal injury success.
Why Bother Writing Stuff Down?
You might be surprised at how putting pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard) can help you deal with a recent car accident. For example:
1. Writing about thoughts and feelings can help you get clarity; something that can be missing during this time. An unedited flow will help you sort out what is really troubling you.
2. You should be attuned to your emotions, both positive and negative, to properly deal with the accident, your recovery and your efforts to get monetary damages. Journaling will highlight your feelings in a way that you could otherwise miss.
3. There is no question that car accidents are stressful, and using a journal can help you deal with stress better by helping you to let go and stay in the moment.
The Journal/Personal Injury Connection
You might be saying that using a journal to improve your mental health after an accident is all well and good, but how can it help me get more money for my claim? To understand that, you must consider that everything you can remember about the accident and the way you keep up with events can mean a great deal. Your settlement is based on several areas, and keeping a journal of your day-to-day actions can serve you in many ways. Here are a few areas of compensation and how journaling is connected.
1. Medical expenses: you must keep up with the dollar amount of your expenses, even if they are being paid by the insurance company. This amount goes into the settlement calculation, which will influence your damages. Noting your appointments and treatments will help you keep track of that information.
2. Pain and suffering: f you are counting on the insurance company to cover this area, stop waiting. Only by filing suit can you get compensation for all the pain, misery, confusion, anxiety, discomfort and every other way the accident has affected you and your family. Keeping a journal throughout the time will provide you with a timeline of events that will be invaluable in forming your pain and suffering damages, and serve to refresh your memory when needed.
Speak to your auto accident legal services for more guidance on how journaling could assist in your case.