When you’ve been injured in an Ohio accident or as a result of medical malpractice, keeping an injury journal is crucial to your case. You need an accurate, contemporaneous account of what happened and how your injuries are healing (or worsening, as the case may be). This gives your attorney a way to prove the extent of your injuries as well as the emotional, physical and mental ramifications.
The more you write in your injury journal, the more complete a record you’ll have—so plan to write short entries every day, especially if you miss work, see a doctor or notice new or worsening symptoms. Remember to always date the entries.
What to Document
- The accident or incident. Although it might seem like you’ll never stop reliving your accident, eventually the memories will fade. As soon as you are able, write down or video record a description of the accident or incident in as much detail as possible. This will help keep important facts fresh in your mind.
- Your injuries. Keeping track of your injuries is helpful when your attorney needs to demonstrate how you were hurt, as well as what to expect from your recovery. Write down as much detail as you can, including your personal and emotional impressions. Document any changes in the injury, such as “good and bad days,” new symptoms or your pain level. If they affect your social relationships, work and other aspects of your life, record that as well.
- Time off from work. If you’ve missed time from work due to your injury, keep track of how much and on which days. It’s also helpful to note the specific reason why you missed work, such as being in the hospital, doctors’ appointments, excessive pain or other notable factors.
- Doctors’ appointments. Anytime you visit a medical or mental health professional, record it in your journal. Give a brief description of the reason for the visit, what your doctor had to say, any procedures or treatments you received and when you expect to go back. Similarly, you can record mental health appointments by giving the date, time and general subject matter.
- Prescriptions and other treatment. Finally, make sure to document the prescriptions you’re taking, how much and how often. You may wish to describe whether they seem to help or hinder your progress—your attorney can help you decide which information is most important.
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