Should I Keep a Personal Injury Journal After my Accident?

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Should I Keep a Personal Injury Journal After my Accident?

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If you have been hurt in an accident, a personal injury journal can be a valuable account of your experience. It is an excellent place to keep track of tangible details, like when and where each of your medical appointments took place, and intangibles, like how you felt physically and mentally.

There can also be drawbacks to a journal, so it is a good idea to talk with a personal injury lawyer about whether to keep one.

Personal Diaries v. Personal Injury Journals

You might be tempted to keep these notes in a personal diary, but that is not a good idea. A personal injury journal is explicitly focused on your recovery. Other parties may be entitled to discover what you have written if it contains accident-related information.

If you keep a journal because your personal injury attorney asked you to, you might not need to turn it over unless you want to. If it is protected by lawyer-client privilege, it may be entitled to more protection than your private diary.

What to Keep in a Personal Injury Journal

Your journal may provide critical information that authenticates your claims. However, it will also be scrutinized as a litigation tool, so be careful not to exaggerate your experiences. Here is some helpful information to include:

What happenedWrite down the details of the accident as soon as possible while the memories are still fresh, such as:

  • The day, date, and time of the accident
  • Location and landmarks
  • Road and weather conditions
  • Parties involved
  • Identities and contact information of responders and witnesses
  • What people said and did

Medical information to keep track of:

  • When and where each doctor appointment takes place
  • The type of doctor seen, such as orthopedist, neurologist, general practitioner
  • The doctor’s summary and recommendations
  • Prescriptions and medical equipment prescribed, along with their dosage, frequency, and costs

Lost income – If you had to miss work, write this down. Track the wages you would have been paid, vacation days, sick time, or other benefits that helped compensate for your days off. Include any dates you missed work and the cause, such as medical appointments or pain.

Personal impact – Medical reports and lists of lost wages and expenses cannot illustrate some aspects of an injury. A real-time journal is an ideal place to keep track of these intangible but essential elements:

  • Your physical pain, including the body parts affected, severity, and how it interrupts your life
  • Your mental and emotional state, can be significantly affected when an injury keeps you from participating in hobbies or disrupts personal relationships

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