When assessing the value of a personal injury case, insurance companies, defense attorneys and jurors review not only the medical bills, lost wages, and other economic damages, but also any evidence of your non-economic damages. That is why a seasoned San Antonio car accident lawyer suggests keeping a symptom diary to increase the value of your case.
What Is a Symptom Diary?
A symptom diary is a daily recording of your symptoms related to your injuries caused by the accident and how those symptoms affect your daily life.
What Form Should It Be In?
The best method is one that makes you feel comfortable and able to keep an accurate recording. You can do a traditional written diary, a spreadsheet, a computer log, use a calendar, etc.
Why Should I Keep a Diary?
An essential element you must prove to obtain compensation is that you were in fact injured as a result of the accident. A symptom diary helps to establish your pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, limitations, restrictions, and other non-economic damages that are difficult to quantify.
What Should Be Included in the Diary?
Our San Antonio car accident lawyer finds it effective to include the following:
- Location of discomfort or pain
- Pain level
- Date, time and length of time you had the pain
- What you were doing when the pain began
- What activity you used to do with ease that now causes you pain
- What you did to ease the pain, if anything
- Limitations and restrictions
It is important to be detailed in your diary. Equally important is to be honest. Exaggerating or lying about your pain only shows your dishonesty and usually results in lower compensation, if at all.
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Contact a San Antonio Car Accident Lawyer
If you need assistance with your personal injury case or have questions regarding symptom diaries, consult an experienced and knowledgeable San Antonio car accident lawyer with Brylak Law at (210) 372-8111.