After a car accident, most people suffer from pain and yet, as time goes on, struggle to be able to describe what they went through, how it felt, or even how long it lasted with any sort of certainty. Car accident attorney Julie Johnson recommends that you keep a detailed car accident pain journal of not only the facts surrounding your accident, but also your ongoing medical treatment, any tests that are done, and your pain and suffering.
Especially because many car accidents involve back and neck injuries where costs can be extremely high, recovery can take months or years, and the long-term impact indefinite, it is important to be able to refer back to the beginning of your recovery.
The most important thing to remember is accuracy. This record will be useful to both your attorney in evaluating your case and making sure that all potential issues are considered and to your doctor in prescribing treatment and diagnosing problems. So being forthright and accurate is absolutely critical.
There are a few key items that you should absolutely record in a pain journal.