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Keeping a Symptom Diary | What to Know

Keeping a Symptom Diary | What to Know

If you are injured as a result of another party’s negligence, you may deserve compensation. An injury can have a large impact financially, but also physically, emotionally, and mentally. When it comes to a trial, you will be able to present medical bills and documents, which address your financial burdens. But, there should be a way to quantify the other ways in which your injury has impacted you. One good way to do this is by creating a Symptom Diary. Read on to learn more about symptom diaries, how to make one, and what they entail.

What do I put in a Symptom Diary?

You will use your symptom diary to keep track of the symptoms attributed to your accident. These symptoms can be both physical and mental. For example, if your pain is especially bad one day, you should record that in your diary. Where is your pain located? How strong is it? These are some questions you might address in the diary. You will also want to address the emotional burdens you are experiencing. Did your injury make it difficult to make your bed this morning? Did you have to reschedule plans? Were you too exhausted from a night of pain to play with your kids? These are things to keep track of. It will also be a way to keep track of things like doctor’s appointments and appointments with your lawyer, which will all be useful to look back on throughout the trial. This diary will help quantify the emotional toll your injury has taken, rather than just the financial. If you have been injured due to another party’s negligence, you deserve to be compensated for more than just your medical bills.

How do I Make one?

A symptom diary can take many forms. You should create one in a way that will be best for you. This can include a hand-written diary, a typed document, a spreadsheet, a verbal recording, a detailed calendar, and so on. The most important thing to remember when making a symptom diary is to be honest. If you over-exaggerate your symptoms, you run the risk of coming across insincere which could cause your credibility to take a hit.

If you have been injured due to another party’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation. To recover the compensation you deserve, reach out to a skilled personal injury attorney today to discuss your case.

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We understand the impact a serious injury can have on an individual’s life. If you have been injured in New Jersey due to another party’s negligence, please do not hesitate to speak with an experienced attorney who can assess your situation and guide you through your legal options. Contact our firm today to learn how we can help.

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