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What to do After an Accident or Injury

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If you’re ever in an accident or become injured, the most important thing to do after an accident or injury is to remain calm, get to a safe location, and call for help.

Take Notes

One of the first things you should do after you are injured is write down everything you can about your accident, including details of your injuries and their effect on your daily life. These notes can be very useful when you put together all the important facts into a final demand for compensation. Our memories are not always reliable so it’s important to have notes with specific details of the accident.. But you should write on the notes, “For my attorney.” That will make it harder for the insurance company to access your notes later on.

Get into the habit of taking notes on anything you think might possibly affect your personal injury claim and carry it through the entire claims process. Make sure you always have a pen and paper with you so you can write down your notes as things happen. Here are some specific things about which you should make notes.

The Accident

As soon as your head is clear enough, jot down everything you can remember about how the accident happened. Start with what you were doing, where you were going, the people you were with, the time and weather. Include every detail of what you saw and heard and felt during, and right after the accident. Also include anything you remember hearing anyone — a person involved in the accident or a witness — say about the accident. And remember: every separate entry should include the phrase, “For my attorney.”

Your Injuries

In the first days following your accident, make daily notes of all pains and discomfort your injuries cause. You may suffer pain, discomfort, anxiety, loss of sleep, or other problems which are not visible but for which you should demand additional compensation. If you don’t make specific note of them, you may not remember exactly what to include in your demand for settlement weeks or months later. Also, taking notes will make it easier for you to describe the severity of your pain to the insurance company.

In addition, writing down your different injuries may help your doctor diagnose you. A bump on your head may seem insignificant now but it could develop into something more severe in the future. It’s important to tell your doctor about all of your injuries so they’re documented in your medical records.

Economic or Other Losses

You may be entitled to compensation for economic and social loss, as well as for pain and suffering. But you will need good documentation. Begin making notes immediately after the accident about anything you have lost because of the accident and your injuries. This includes:

  • work hours
  • job opportunities
  • meetings/classes
  • social events
  • family gatherings
  • vacation
  • Anything else you would have normally done but were unable to do so because of your accidentYou should keep receipts, where applicable.


Make written notes of the date, time, people involved, and content of every conversation you have about your accident or your claim. In-person or telephone conversations worth noting may include those with any witness, adjuster, or other insurance representative, or with medical personnel.

Next Steps

Hiring an experienced personal injury lawyer after you’ve been in an accident is important. After all, the insurance company has a whole team of lawyers and it is often more concerned about its bottom line than it is with your recovery. Having a professional on your side is important. Every attorney at GCW Lawyers is experienced in Wisconsin personal injury law and will tirelessly fight for each and every dollar of compensation that you deserve. Contact us today.

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