I’ve been told I should keep a “pain journal” after my Houston car accident. What does that mean exactly?

A “pain journal” or “pain diary” is simply a log of the pain you’re experiencing and how it affects your life. Many doctors ask their patients to keep a journal of pain symptoms after an accident or another injury, which can help pinpoint the kind of pain you’re experiencing, when it happens, and what you can do to better manage your pain. While a pain journal can be an invaluable medical tool for patients experiencing pain after an accident, a journal of this nature can also be very useful if you eventually decide to pursue a personal injury claim in Texas against the other driver.

Keeping a pain journal is pretty simple. Use a notebook, a blank journal, or even your computer to write down your pain level, what you were doing when you experienced the pain, the time of day and date of the entry, and any other relevant information. You can also use this journal to record other aspects of your recovery, including a record of your medical appoints and how your injuries affect your day-to-day life. While your journal can provide important information for both your doctor and your attorney, your journal is ultimately for you; feel free to write down anything you feel is important or relevant to your injuries and recovery.

For more answers to your questions after you or a family member has been injured in a car accident, speak with an experienced Houston car accident attorney with our team. Reach out to us today at 877-724-7800.