When we think of a personal injury accident, we often imagine a serious car wreck. However, there are plenty of other types of accidents that are categorized under personal injury law, including slip and falls, medical malpractice, pedestrian accidents, bike accidents, workplace accidents, and more. A crucial element of evidence that can be influential in any personal injury case is a written journal. But unfortunately, many people don’t realize the importance of having one, and regret not starting sooner!
A journal is a great way to keep track of how you are feeling since the accident. It should have a personal account of how the incident happened through your perspective. The journal may be used as evidence to raise the value of the compensation award. Your lawyer can go over with you how often to add entries and why it’s imperative to have the following details:
Time Missed at Work
If an injury caused you to stay home from work, keep track of this information. Jot down dates you missed and why you had to skip work, such as healing, too much pain, doctor’s appointments/treatments, etc. Your lawyer can help add up the wages you lost along with other losses.
Level of Pain and Discomfort
Don’t forget to regularly add in statements about how much pain and discomfort you are feeling. For example, what is the pain scale from 0-10 for that day? What part of your body is affected? And, how have the injuries hindered your ability to go about your daily life?
Throughout the course of your treatment, you may be given prescription medication from your doctor. Write down the dosage, name of medication, method of taking, price, and frequency in the journal. Furthermore, keep copies of receipts for purchases of over-the-counter drugs and prescriptions.
As a personal injury lawyer can attest to, in addition to writing a journal, there are many ways to protect your best interests and increase the value of your claim after a recent accident.