If you have spoken with a skilled personal injury lawyer or performed any online research after being injured in an automobile accident, you are probably aware that keeping a ‘recovery’ journal’ is a wise post-accident idea. Intended as an opportunity for you to monitor your physical and emotional well-being, a recovery journal is simply a place for you to keep track of your recovery process. Writing in a journal each day about how you are (or maybe are not) progressing can assist you and your auto accident attorney in more accurately assessing the impact your car accident injuries have had on your daily life (including your ability to perform normal activities) and your overall physical and emotional health.
Tips for writing in your post-accident journal
If you’re not certain about what to write down each down in your post-accident recovery journal, here are a few ideas to get you started:
· A record of your doctors’ appointments and hospital visits
· A record of prescriptions drugs and over-the-counter remedies you are using to manage your injuries, including painkillers, antidepressants, ibuprofen, heating pads, joint braces, etc…
· The amount of pain you are in on a daily, or even hourly, basis (using a pain-rating scale of 1 – 10)
· How your car accident injuries affect or limit your daily activities; including your ability to take care of your family and loved ones
· How your injuries affect or limit your ability to perform at work; such missed work days
As we have discussed in previous blog posts, if you were injured as a result of another person’s negligence or entity’s negligence, you deserve to be financially compensated. Both the law and experienced Woodland Hills personal injury lawyer Barry P. Goldberg are on your side. Maintaining an honest account of your injuries and the effect they have had on your life can be helpful to your claim and can serve as a guide while walking you through the process.