Most car accident victims know to keep records of their injuries. Many create dedicated files to store doctors’ bills, prescription receipts, physical therapy exercise guidelines, and other such documents. But, a car accident victim may question how to record her struggles with pain. She may also wonder whether she will be able to remember and accurately describe how she felt on a given day months later in a deposition. —
Pain can be difficult to measure, and each person experiences it in a different way. Two people with similar injuries (for example, a broken leg) may hurt in very different ways and degrees. Keeping a pain journal, especially for injuries that are long-lasting or may result in chronic pain, enables a car accident victim to create an ongoing record of her real-time experiences.
Keeping a pain journal can be easy and fast. Each day, a car accident victim should spend a few minutes reflecting on her pain. She should record:
Date and time the entry is made;
Location of the pain;
What the pain level is on a scale of 0 (no pain) to 10 (worst pain imaginable);
Type of pain (for example, a dull ache, acute pinpoint pain, or radiating pain);
Associated symptoms (such as tingling, numbness, or loss of motion);
What factors that impacted the pain (whether the pain lessened upon taking pain medication or worsened upon a particular movement); and
Whether any changes were made to her treatment plan or medications (whether she attended physical therapy that day or the dosage of her pain medication was increased).
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