How Keeping An Injury Journal Can Help Your Claim
Posted on January 9, 2020 in Personal Injury Claim Process
If you have been injured in an accident that was caused by the careless or negligent actions of another person, you will likely be working to secure compensation for your losses. This can include coverage of your medical bills, lost income, as well as pain and suffering damages. Unfortunately, securing the compensation you are entitled to can become a complicated process. There are several steps you can take to receive maximum compensation, and one of the most important things to do is keep an injury journal.
What is an injury journal?
When you hear the word journal, you probably think of people making daily entries about what has happened in their lives. Maybe you even had a journal once. An injury journal is exactly what it sounds like – a first-hand account of the difficulties you experience after being injured in an accident.
This journal serves various purposes and should include various things in the aftermath of your accident and should begin as soon as possible after an injury has occurred. Most people’s accounts of things that occur become fuzzy over time, so starting as soon as possible will benefit you in the long run.
What should be included in your injury journal?
Your first entry should be about the incident that caused your injury. This should include as many details that you remember:
- Weather conditions at the time of the incident
- The day and time the incident occurred
- The location where the accident occurred
- The names and accounts of any eyewitnesses
- The at-fault party’s actions during the accident
- Any hazards that may have been present at the time the incident occurred, including roadway conditions, wet or slick surfaces, or cracks in the sidewalk or pavement
- The names of responding police officers
The most important aspect of your injury journal will be your detailed account of your injuries. You should describe the injuries right after they occur and discuss any pain and discomfort you initially felt as well as how much pain you feel each day as you recover.
In your descriptions of your pain, you should include a description of the pain, the area of your body where you feel pain, and the level and frequency of your pain. You will want to describe your pain on a level of one to ten (1 to 10), with a “one” being the least amount of pain and a “ten” being severe pain.
You will also want to include accounts of your emotional and psychological suffering that has occurred due to your injuries. Include details of any activities you can no longer perform, events you are missing out on, and whether or not you are able to work.
Also note the time and date of any doctor appointments, physical therapy sessions, and treatment you receive for your injuries. Note any medications you have been prescribed and how they make you feel.
Should I handwrite or type the journal?
An injury journal can be handwritten or typed. It may be easier for you to type your journal entries if your injuries prevent you from writing. There are even several free speech-to-text dictation services you can use to speak your journal entries and have them converted into text. This would be especially helpful for those who have severe injuries to their arms or hands. You can write your entries in whatever way best fits your needs.
When you’ve been injured, contact the Portland personal injury attorneys at Paulson Coletti Trial Attorneys PC.