Pain can be difficult to measure. While the severity of a broken bone or a laceration can usually be clearly diagnosed through examination and testing, pain isn’t visible to the naked eye, and the level of pain an individual patient experiences after an accident injury can vary. Many doctors recommend that their patients keep a pain journal or pain diary after they are hurt, especially if their injuries seem to be causing long-term or chronic pain. While this can be a very useful tool in your medical recovery, you may be surprised to learn that an honest pain journal can also be of benefit to your legal and financial recovery after an accident.
How to Keep a Pain Journal After a Houston Car Accident
Take a few minutes each day to write about your recovery, your pain level, and other relevant information relating to the effect of your injuries. This helps to document difficult-to-measure pain symptoms, provides a record of your memories while they’re fresh, and—with the guidance of your medical professional—can potentially help you better manage the pain you experience after a Houston car accident. As a start, here is some important information to jot down in your pain journal:
- The date and time.
- What you were doing when the pain started (or worsened).
- The location of the pain.
- How bad your pain is on a scale of 0 (no pain) to 10 (the worst pain you can imagine).
- The type of pain (for example, sharp pains versus a dull ache) and any relevant symptoms, such as tingling, numbness, or burning.
If you have questions or need legal guidance after you’ve been injured in an accident, an experienced Houston car accident attorney with our team is here to provide answers and help you take action. Give us a call today at 877-724-7800.