After experiencing an injury, keeping a personal journal of the event and the aftermath is an important action to take. Personal injury journals are a great way to organize and keep track of details that otherwise could easily be forgotten. It is also something that will be helpful if you choose to take your case to court.
What is a Personal Injury Journal?
A personal injury journal is a way of documenting your experiences related to an accident. This can be an actual notebook, a journal or diary from the bookstore, or even a notes page on your phone. Some people prefer fancier writing tools while others are okay with some loose-leaf paper clipped together. The key with these journals is consistent documentation of how you are feeling and the events of the accident.
This journal should be written in on a daily basis, at least in the beginning, and be a record for your memories and feelings. You will want to write down the initial events of the accident and the details surrounding that. Then, you will start to include your day-to-day from the level of pain you are feeling to the activities this injury has prevented you from participating in. For example, you may record a pain level of 7 out of 10 one morning and that you had to take some pain medication for this. Then you might write down that because of the pain you were unable to go spend time with your family at your child’s soccer game. Keeping track of small details like this will play a role into the overall outcome of your case. It shows the judge how much the accident has impacted your life.
What to Keep in a Personal Injury Journal
Anything that you think may play a useful role down the line can be included in your journal. If you’re unsure where to start, you can begin with your medical treatment. Write down the times of your visits, what types of doctors you are seeing, and the results of your visit. In addition, you will want to keep a list of any medications you are on as well as when you are taking them. Pain is a major component of the recovery process and should also be described. Write down when you feel it, what it feels like, and how long it lasts.
Lastly, write about how the injury has affected your life. If there are activities that you’ve been unable to do or have more difficulty doing, include it in your journal. This could be missing out on work or family time or even more leisure activities like participating in hobbies or helping out around the house.
This journal can be a major piece of your personal injury case because it preserves crucial facts and offers insight on your healing process. Remember that these diary entries may not stay private so be extra diligent about the information you include and exclude.
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