Pain, Symptom, and Treatment Diaries

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When it comes to a personal injury case, fulfilling the burden of proof is important. For example, to prove that your accident occurred due to the negligence of another party, you will have to provide evidence. This evidence may include photos from the scene of the accident and witness statements. You will be able to present your medical bills and documents to show how much you should be compensated for your financial burdens. But anyone who has suffered a serious injury knows there are many burdens, other than just financial. An injury can take a physical, mental, and emotional toll. But how do you prove the ways in which your injury has impacted your life? A good way to try to quantify this suffering is with a pain, symptom, and treatment diary. 

What is a Pain, Symptom, and Treatment Diary?

A Pain, Symptom, and Treatment diary can take many different forms. For example, you may choose to keep a traditional-handwritten diary, or you may want to use a typed document or spreadsheet. You should choose whichever method helps you organize your thoughts the best. 

What do I Write in a Symptom Diary?

There are no rules when it comes to your symptom diary. But, the one thing to remember is to be honest. If you lie about your symptoms, you will do more harm than good, putting your and your attorney’s credibility at risk. Instead, you should be truthful and thorough. You will want to describe your symptoms. For example, if you are in pain, you will want to pinpoint the pain, describe it, and discuss how it impacts you. If your back hurts and as a result, you have to cancel plans to spend time with your friends and family, this is something to take note of. 

What is the Point of a Symptom Diary?

A symptom diary is a great way to keep track of your thoughts, feelings, and experiences over the course of your personal injury trial. This is useful to both you and your attorney. It will allow you to provide detailed accounts later down the line and will include important information regarding doctor’s appointments, meetings with your attorney, and more. This can be a great tool to utilize during a personal injury trial. Additionally, it is always important to express your emotions, especially when you are experiencing some sort of suffering.

If you or a loved one has been injured due to the negligence of another party, you likely deserve compensation. If you have been injured, reach out to an experienced personal injury attorney to discuss your case. We know that injuries can take a major toll and we want to ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve. 

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If you or a family member have been injured in a car accident, contact Lloyd J. Eisenberg & Associates today.


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