Document Everything for Your Case

Whether you’re dealing with a divorce or a personal injury, you need to document everything in order to ensure that your case is thoroughly prosecuted. What does this entail? It’s not just about keeping copies of important letters; document everything means document everything.

Copy important documents for your lawyer.

Keep copies of every document that remotely pertains to your legal case. Copy medical bills; copy letters from insurers; copy letters from other attorneys; and copy any correspondence from the other parties in your case. Provide copies of all documents to your lawyer, and let him decide what’s important and what isn’t. You might assume something isn’t important, but it could turn out to be the single document that changes your case.

Take lots of pictures, and get them to your lawyer.

If your case has any sort of visual element, document it thoroughly through detailed photographs, and get copies to your lawyer. In a personal injury case, take photos of the injury itself, the place where the injury occurred, and any equipment, people or vehicles involved in the injury. If you can get these photos at the time of the accident, even with a cell phone camera – do it. If you’re dealing with nursing home abuse, photo document any evidence you have that abuse is taking place. In any context where visual elements would help your case, take plenty of good, clear photos and get them to your lawyer.

Documenting applies to phone calls, too.

While it may not be possible to physically record phone calls, you should document every phone call pertaining to your case. Keep a pen and notepad by the phone and make a note of the date, time and duration of every phone call involving your case. Get the names of the people with whom you speak. Make notes of important points during the conversation. Write down any confirmation numbers or important details. Provide your attorney with copies of these notes to better prepare your case.

Document everything to do with medical treatment.

Document all aspects of your medical treatment. Make a note of any medical care providers you see, and the date and time when you saw them. Get a signed HIPPA authorization to your attorney so he can request your medical records. Retain copies of any bills or letters you receive from the medical providers or from the insurance companies. Copy claim letters and even statements from your health insurance provider showing any medical treatment related to your case.