Many attorneys recommend that clients keep a pain, symptom, and treatment diary. This is a way to document the symptoms you are burdened with as a result of your injury. The purpose of this is to quantify the compensation you deserve. For example, you can present your medical bills, but how do you receive compensation for the other burdens you struggle with: pain, isolation, loss of independence, etc. You deserve to be compensated for these issues as well. Read on to learn more about a pain, symptom, and treatment diary and how it can help you.
What Should I put in my Pain, Symptom, and Treatment Diary?
The most important thing to remember when it comes to your diary is to be honest. Exaggerating and embellishing your symptoms can severely hurt your credibility which could be a severe detriment to your case. Instead, you should be honest and informative. For example, you should use your diary to keep track of your doctor’s appointments and what the healthcare professionals say about your injury. You should also discuss the symptoms of your injury. For example, if your back hurts, pinpoint the location of the pain, the type of pain, describe your pain on a scale of 1-10. Additionally, you should describe how your symptoms are impacting your day-to-day life. Did you have to cancel plans because you were in too much pain? Miss out on playing with your children? Struggle to complete household chores? These things will all help your attorney better understand the severity and impact of your injury.
How Should I Keep One?
There is no right way to keep a pain, symptom, and treatment diary. You may choose to use a traditional, hand-written diary, a typed document, a detailed calendar, a spreadsheet, etc. What is important is that you keep organized in a way that works best for you.
If you were injured due to another party’s negligence, you likely deserve compensation. In the event of an injury, you should reach out to a skilled and experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible. You must file your personal injury claim within a certain amount of time. This deadline is known as a statute of limitations. Generally, In Maryland, the statute of limitations is three years from the date of the injury. If you miss this deadline, you may lose your opportunity to recover compensation and hold the responsible party accountable. To make sure you file in time, you should contact a Maryland personal injury attorney for legal support.
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