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If you have been injured due to another party’s negligence, you may be entitled to receive compensation. If you decide to take legal action, you may wonder how you can help your attorney with your case. There are a few things you can do. For example, it is a great help if you are able to gather proof of the accident. This poof may include taking photos at the scene of the accident and obtaining the contact information of any witnesses. Another great way to help with the case is to keep a Pain, Symptom, and Treatment diary.

What is a Pain Symptom and Treatment Diary?

A symptom diary is a way to record the symptoms you experience as a result of your injury. This may take the form of a hand-written document, a computer log, a spreadsheet, or a detailed calendar, among other options. It is a way for you to keep a detailed record of what you are experiencing. This can potentially be used in court and will be a good way for you to keep track of events and feelings.

What Should I Put in my Symptom Diary?

You will want to detail the way in which your injury is impacting your everyday life. You can document your pain, your doctor’s appointments, the emotions you feel, and so on. These things will help to quantify the non-financial losses you are experiencing. It is especially important to be honest and realistic when it comes to recording your symptoms. You should not exaggerate or embellish your symptoms, as this will reduce your credibility. Instead, you should be detailed and truthful. For example, if your back hurts, you can record your pain on a scale of 1-10, locate the pain, and discuss how it is impacting your life. Did you have to cancel your plans as a result of your pain? Were you unable to complete a task you needed to do that day? This will allow you to demonstrate the ways in which your injury has impacted you and what you have lost.

If you have been injured due to the negligence of another party, and you wish to take legal action, reach out today. We understand the toll an injury can take, financially, physically, mentally, and emotionally. We want to help you receive the compensation you deserve and a symptom diary can be a very useful tool for your case.

Contact our Firm

If you have been injured in a New York City accident, Swerling Law is here to help. Our firm understands the challenges that many people face after being hurt in an accident and is prepared to help you receive an award of significant compensation to ease some of your burdens. To schedule a consultation with an experienced construction site accident attorney in New York City, contact Swerling Law today.


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