Documenting injuries throughout a case is one way to be an advocate for yourself. When you take note of injuries in what is sometimes referred to as a "personal injury journal" you will give yourself the tools to be able to fully and honestly answer questions during deposition and in court.
Having the ability to refer back to thoughts and feelings immediately after a major accident can be especially helpful if the injuries occurred if legal proceedings have taken a long time. An incident could be so traumatic the plaintiff could block out important details to avoid reliving the pains experienced following the crash.
Some guidelines for your personal injury journal:
Keep it simple and don't overthink it. Just write down facts. Those can be how you felt that day, what areas were in pain. Did you visit a doctor's appointment or lose time at work? If you were unable to care for loved ones or complete any household tasks share that information in the diary.
Sharing information publicly about your case online is not a "personal injury journal." It's best not to discuss matters relating to your case on your Facebook or Instagram. Sharing information publicly could harm your case.
Do include important events. Those cold be doctors visits, surgeries, and more.
Ask your lawyer about recording a comprehensive personal injury journal. In some cases it helps plaintiffs recall information about their case accurately for deposition and if the case goes all the way to trial.
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