Write it Down: Why Keeping a Symptom Diary makes all the Difference

Pain is an overwhelming experience. When an accident happens, it disrupts your life. There are so many different aspects of the discomfort and setbacks that pain will put you through, and sometimes this means that seemingly minor points of discomfort are insignificant in the face of larger issues. But when it comes to getting what you deserve after an accident, every symptom is important.

It happens all too often: an individual is in a life-altering accident that changes the way they think, work, eat and sleep, but when it comes down to explaining their symptoms in court, the list is short. Remember, there is no one handling the case who knew you and the intricacies of your life before your accident. You know yourself best. This is why keeping a symptom diary is such a strong tactic in regards to increasing the value of your case.

How does keeping a symptom diary help?

The point of keeping a diary is to write in it every day. This diary is not so much concerned with your personal thoughts, but instead it is focused on your experiences. As you go about your day, you’ll notice small changes and frustrations that will pile up as a result of your accident. When you encounter those issues, write them down.

A well-kept symptom diary can:

  • Showcase economic losses as a result of your accident, including difficulty working
  • Highlight medical costs, including over-the-counter and other non-hospital costs
  • Prove non-economic losses, such as any loss to your quality of life or pain and suffering

A symptom diary is also a great way to fill in any gaps in your memory. When it comes time to put everything down for the court, a diary will give plenty of information for your legal advisor to work with. The more information you have, the stronger your case becomes.

There are a few things you should keep in mind when you are writing out a symptom diary. To start, be honest. The worst thing you can do is introduce false evidence when trying to promote your case. Secondly, be specific. You want to give as much precise information as possible to support your claim. Give numbers when you encounter an expense and be as quantifiable as you can with other things, including your pain level.

Start keeping your diary from day one after the accident. This will give the most accurate depiction of what you are going through. And if anyone asks to see your diary, don’t show it off. This is especially important in regards to your claims adjuster and anyone else associated with the accident. Your diary is for your eyes and your legal team.

If you have any questions about starting a symptom diary or are looking for support with a personal injury case in Connecticut, contact The APEX Law Firm at (860) 900-0900 to schedule a free, in-person consultation.