In order that we may do this job better and with more impact, start making notes in a journal showing how your injuries have affected your life. We suggest you use any ordinary notebook or calendar for this purpose. You should continue doing this on a daily or weekly basis until you no longer have symptoms. Keep these records available for your attorneys only. Below are some helpful elements on which to focus as you make these diary entries:
Effect on Your Life
Explain in detail how the accident or occurrence has changed your life, how it has affected your work and activities of daily living. For example, the way you put on your clothes, the way you get in and out of bed, the way you take a bath, etc. Show changes in your working life, your playtime, your hobbies, your life as a husband or as a wife, etc. This includes your mood, your personality, your nervousness, etc. In regard to your activities such as your housework, your yard work, your work at the office or factory, you should detail what things you are able to do and what things you are not able to do as well as before. If your injury seriously hampers your activities, then you should also show how many things you are unable to do now.
Pain and Suffering
Include a description of your pain in your journal, both at the scene of occurrence and at all times thereafter. We want to know what type of pain, i.e., shooting pain, throbbing pain, etc. We are interested in your pain during the hospital treatment and your pain and discomfort since the injury - how it has affected your life. You can use a number scale if helpful, 1 out of 10, with 10 representing the worst level of pain, and 1 representing very mild or no pain.
How to Describe
A good rule to follow in order to remember all of your problems is to start at your head, and in detail, go down through all parts of your body, moving from your head, neck, shoulders, etc., and explain in detail any problems that you have with each part of the body. Also give details with regard to your medication and what it has been for, if you know. For example, medications in the hospital for pain or afterwards for nervousness, etc.
Prior Injuries, Ailments, or Condition
Describe how this occurrence aggravated any pre-existing conditions, if applicable.
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