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How To Document All Your Losses after a Car Accident

Dealing with your physical pain after a car accident in Houston is, unfortunately, just the beginning. Once you’re released from the hospital, your life is likely to become a whirlwind of follow-up doctor visits, paperwork, time away from your job, financial stress, phone calls, and legal jargon – not to mention any physical limitations.

How are you supposed to focus on getting better and filing a car accident claim? What if you miss something? Will you be left holding the bag?

It’s understandable to feel overwhelmed. But there is good news. Instead of concentrating on the enormous task of doing everything yourself, just focus on two simple things:

  1. Finding an experienced Houston car accident lawyer
  2. Document all of your losses so you can pursue maximum compensation

Step one is easy – contact the team at The Krist Law Firm, P.C. With our background and record of success in local car accident cases, we can handle every aspect of your claim and get you through it with minimal stress. We can also help with step two, so you get everything you deserve.

Keep reading for more info on documenting your losses after a car accident, and call (281) 283-8500 for a free, no-obligation consultation with an attorney.

Why Document Your Losses?

Understand that it is essential to document your losses after a car accident. Failing to do this can result in you being left without the compensation you desperately need to recover.

When you file an insurance claim or personal injury lawsuit after a car accident in Texas, the insurer or defendant will want to know how much compensation you are asking for. How can you know the answer without knowing the full extent of your losses?

When you do present a figure, the other side will want to know: Can you prove that you suffered the damages for which you are seeking compensation?

That is when you will want to be able to point to ample evidence of each loss you suffered after your car accident. Documenting your losses will give you that evidence.

Documenting Property Damage, Injuries, and Trauma

Here is a simple guide on how to document all your losses after a car accident:

Property Damage

In any car accident, there is bound to be damage to your vehicle. You might also have suffered some other property damage to items inside your vehicle at the time of the crash.

The simplest way to document property damage after a car accident is to take photos and videos of your car and any other damaged items. After you have called an ambulance and the police, if necessary, take photos and videos of your damaged property as soon as you are able.

Another way to document your car’s damage is to get a written estimate of a reputable mechanic’s repair costs.


Photos and videos work for documenting injuries after a car accident, too. But you should also seek medical care as soon as possible after your crash. This ensures that you are not in physical danger from hidden or worsening injuries and creates a paper trail that shows your injuries and how serious they are.

This paper trail and your doctor’s opinions and diagnoses will serve as documentation of your injuries. Then, your medical bills will give a concrete financial value to tie to the treatment you received.


Documenting non-economic damages after a car accident is more complicated than snapping a photo of your broken bone or totaled car. But these damages, such as emotional trauma, are typical after auto accidents.

One way to document these unseen damages – so you can receive compensation for them – is to seek mental health care. Like seeing a doctor for a broken bone, seeing a mental health care professional for treatment of your accident-related trauma can help to document this damage.

Another strategy to document your emotional damages after your car wreck is to keep a daily journal that discusses how your accident impacts your life, the stress you are under, and the fear and anxiety you have because of the crash.

An Auto Accident Attorney Can Help

We know you are stressed about dealing with all of this and probably not feeling equipped to do everything yourself. We understand, and that is why we offer help to our auto accident clients.

Having a dedicated car accident lawyer from Krist can help you document everything after a car crash. We know what to look for when requesting police reports, reviewing medical documentation, and even going to the accident scene to take photos and videos of the area. Most importantly, we know how to present all of your losses, so nothing gets missed and you recover the max.

Let us handle the stress and paperwork while you get better. To get started on your car accident case today, reach out to The Krist Law Firm, P.C. by calling (281) 283-8500 or contact us online. Initial consults are 100% free, and there’s no cost unless we recover compensation.