What notes should be taken after an injury in California?

When an accident or other incident leads to an injury, one of the most important things that you can do is simply to take notes. The sooner you can do this, the better, as your memories will still be fresh. These notes can be very helpful when seeking compensation for burn injuries or other injuries.

First off, the notes should cover the entire incident from beginning to end. This includes writing down what happened right before the accident and what happened immediately afterward. Even small details could turn out to be very important.

To that end, every last detail should be included, from who was there at the time to what the weather was like. You should also write down if there were any external factors — like other people who may have left the scene — that contributed to the accident.

When looking at the injuries, the extent of them should be noted. It is a good idea to do this right away, even if you are going to need medical treatment. You will then have medical records that confirm your notes and show that you are being honest.

Finally, everything that has to be done because of those injuries should be noted in the weeks, months and even years to follow. Initially, this could mean a trip to the hospital and emergency treatment. However, more treatments — such as meetings with a professional physical therapist — may be needed at a later date.

Those in California who have been injured should know their rights as they relate to compensation, and they should know how taking notes can help them along the way.

Source: FindLaw, “Take Notes About the Incident and Your Injuries” Sep. 15, 2014