How an Injury Journal Can Help Your Personal Injury Claim
If you are filing a personal injury claim after being injured in an accident, one useful method to receive the compensation you need is to document the progress of your recovery.
Many personal accident victims create an injury journal where they carefully record everything that happens after the accident. This can include descriptions of how your injury has responded to medical treatment and the effect your injury has had on your life.
Below, Lynch Law Firm, PC’s New Jersey personal injury attorneys discuss what should be included in an injury journal and how keeping one may help your claim. Contact us to schedule a free, no obligation consultation to find out if you may be entitled to compensation after being injured in an accident.
What is an Injury Journal?
An injury journal is a self-written account of the difficulties you have experienced since being injured in an accident. It can be typed or hand-written, depending on whether your injury has affected your ability to write.
Your journal should accurately depict the difficulties you have endured and how your life has been affected since the accident. It must also provide specific information about your injury and how it has responded to medical treatment.
However, you should keep the contents of your injury journal private throughout the claims process and not share it with anyone other than your attorney. He or she will help you decide which information should be included in your journal and the frequency in which you log information about your injury.
Why Should I Keep an Injury Journal?
One of the most important activities after an accident is updating your journal and recollection concerning the incident. The aftermath is critically important to be documented. It is advisable for everyone to record both the physical and mental impact on the car, driver and passengers in your car accident journal. It should be done there and then, and also for some days after. By doing so, you position yourself in a better way to make necessary claims.
What Should My Injury Journal Include?
The contents of your injury journal should include any information about your injury that may help your personal injury claim. This should include:
Description of the Accident
One of the first entries your injury journal should include is a detailed description of the accident that resulted in your injury. Personal injury claims may take several months to resolve, so immediately recording your accident may help you remember important details.
Your description of the accident should include the:
- Location where the accident occurred
- At-fault party’s actions during and after the accident
- Time of day in which the accident occurred
- Amount of time you remember the accident lasting
- Condition of the weather during the accident
- Contact information of any witnesses who were present during the accident
- Hazards that may have contributed to causing the accident
- Names and agencies of law enforcement officers who responded to the accident
Your Medical Information
Another important element your injury journal should include is any medical information that may be relevant to your claim. This can include the:
- Treatment you were prescribed
- Names of any physician or specialist you may have consulted
- Types of medical tests you have undergone
- Number of times you have visited doctors’ offices or hospitals as a result of your injury
- Severity of your injury throughout the recovery process
The Pain You Are Experiencing
Your journal should also include entries about the pain and suffering you have experienced since being injured in the accident. This should be an accurate description of the pain you are experiencing, as well as any limitations you have suffered because of your pain and discomfort.
Your journal should include descriptions about the pain you have experienced, the area of your body where the pain occurs, the severity of your pain and how often the pain occurs.
How Your Life Has Been Affected
Additionally, your journal should state how your injury has prevented you from living a functional and independent life.
How often should I write in my Injury journal?
Although there is no specific number of entries you should make in your injury journal, you should frequently write about your injury throughout the claims process.
However, you should always write about any new developments in the following subjects:
- Your health
- The type of medical treatment you are receiving
- How your injury has responded to treatment
- New symptoms or medical conditions that occur as a result of your injury
Contact Lynch Law Firm, PC for a Free Consultation
If you have been injured in an accident that resulted in you suffering an injury, contact Lynch Law Firm, PC for a free, no obligation consultation.
We will provide you with a free, no obligation consultation to review your claim and help you determine if you are entitled to compensation from the at-fault party. Our attorneys have helped numerous accident victims with their personal injury claims, and will not hesitate to help you pursue the maximum compensation you deserve. All of our services are provided on a contingency fee basis, which means you only pay us if we recover compensation for your claim.
Call (800) 518-0508 for qualified legal help with your claim.