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Understanding the Importance of Maintaining a Personal Injury Diary

Posted by Charles Gilman | Dec 23, 2019 | 0 Comments

If you have suffered a personal injury due to the negligence of others, you may have a personal injury claim. Common accidents that may lead to a claim include:

  • Car accidents
  • Medical malpractice
  • Dog bites
  • Birth injuries
  • Slip and fall
  • Workers' compensation
  • Injury from a defective product

If you have been injured, keeping a personal injury diary is a must for keeping track of your injuries, pain and suffering, and recovery.

Understanding What a Personal Injury Diary Is

A personal injury diary is an ongoing, real-time account of your injury, your recovery, and your journey in between. You should start documenting your injuries as soon as you realize you may have a personal injury claim. Topics your diary should cover include:

  • Medical appointments
  • Mileage to and from medical appointments
  • Parking costs
  • Cost of durable medical equipment necessary due to the injury
  • Physical therapy visits
  • Instructions from all medical professionals
  • Documentation of following medical instructions, such as performing physical therapy exercises
  • Prescription costs
  • Prescriptions
  • How often you take pain meds
  • Pain levels
  • Documentation of things you can no longer do or can't do as well.

The reason lawyers ask their clients to keep a personal injury diary is to document your experience. In the beginning, people may think that they will remember everything. However, we know this is not the case. The human brain cannot work as well as a real-time diary when it comes to pain levels, experiences missed, exercises performed, and treatments and therapies followed.

The “Right Way” to Keep a Personal Injury Diary

There really is no “right way” to keep a personal injury diary, except that you want a system that works for you. Some people use a notebook, others prefer a calendar, still others prefer a three-ring binder with plastic sleeves. Find a method that is comfortable for you, and that you find convenient for its purpose.

Understanding Personal Injury Cases

If you have suffered a personal injury due to someone else's negligent or reckless conduct, you are entitled to compensation. The amount of compensation you receive is based on your injuries, your level of recovery, and your experience with pain and suffering. The other side will likely dispute some or all of your claims. Having your injury, treatments, therapies, and recovery all documented in a single book, rather than relying on scattered memories and guesswork, allows your attorney to get the maximum amount of compensation you are due.

Have You Been Injured?

If you have been injured and believe someone else is to blame, contact the attorneys at Gilman & Bedigian, LLC. We specialize in personal injury and medical malpractice cases. Whether you were injured in a car accident, suffered due to a medical misdiagnosis, or sustained some other injury, we can help. Contact us for a free consultation. We only charge you a fee if we win your case. Call today at 800.529.6162.

About the Author

Charles Gilman

As managing partner and co-founder of Gilman & Bedigian, it is my mission to help our clients recover and get their lives back on track. I strongly believe that every person who is injured by a wrongful act deserves compensation, and I will do my utmost to bring recompense to those who need and deserve it.

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