If you’ve suffered an injury and intend to file a lawsuit against the person responsible for your damages, one thing you can do to help your case is keep a pain journal. Many people don’t recognize the importance of a pain journal, let alone know how to keep one.
Here are some tips on what you can do to keep a pain journal that can be used for your personal injury lawsuit:
- What to Do When You Are Initially Harmed: Once you’ve been injured by a negligent party, you should see a doctor to assess your injuries. The doctor will provide a diagnosis, which you should put into your pain journal, along with some of the symptoms you experience as a result of the harm.
- What to Do When You Feel Pain After the Injury: As days progress, your injury will either start to ease or worsen (depending on what the injury is and how severe the effects are). Whenever you do experience pain from your injury, you should write down exactly what you experienced, the pain level, and what caused it (e.g., back pain, level 8 pain (1-10), when turning to address a friend).
- What to Do When You Visit Your Doctor: One of the most important things to do in the aftermath of an injury is follow up on your doctor’s orders and treatment plans. In your pain journal, you should notate all appointments you have, any pain you experience during the treatment or procedure, and what your doctor has to say about your progress.
By keeping a pain journal, you’re giving yourself more evidence regarding your injuries and just how serious the aftermath has been for you. It could play a role in how your personal injury lawsuit is handled moving forward.
At The Beasley Firm, we can help you utilize your pain journal in an effective manner, showing what you experienced following the injury and how the negligence has impacted your life.
Our Philadelphia personal injury attorneys work hard to help you get through these difficult times.
Call our firm today at (215) 866-2424 if you need help with a personal injury legal matter.