Take Note: Pain Journals and How to Use Them After an Accident

Posted on: 29 January 2019

Make no mistake about it—car accidents can be extremely traumatic events. Until it happens to you, you may be unaware of how this one incident can manage to affect nearly every aspect of your life. Part of the process of recovery might be to take action to protect your financial situation. You are owed money damages as a result of the wreck if the other driver was at fault. To gain some understanding of how to deal with one facet of a personal injury claim, read on.

Pain and Suffering Compensation

As you begin the process of seeking compensation, you might begin to feel confused and depressed about how the accident has affected your life. You might not realize it, but the way you are feeling is not just perfectly normal and understandable but is in its own category of compensation. Pain and suffering is the overall negative mindset you might now find yourself in more and more often. As your physical injuries may continue to get better, your mood may sink and your emotions may be a roller coaster. One surefire way to ensure that you deal with this problem in the best way possible is to use a pain journal.

Common Psychological Problems

You are not imagining things—you really are more irritable since your accident. That one symptom alone can spread to the way you look at everything in your life. Your family is not immune from the negative emotional effects of the wreck, either. Depending on the severity of and the deep trauma experienced as a result of the wreck and your injuries, you might even be suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). If you are noticing sleeping problems, eating issues, mood swings, anxiety, and other mental health maladies, you may need to use a pain journal.

Save Your Sanity and Your Memories

Using a journal to record your thoughts has proven psychological benefits, so take pen to paper (or use digital means) and get started as soon as possible. Not only can getting your thoughts down benefit you mentally, but it also provides you with a legal record of your recovery and the way the accident has affected you and your family. It is your day-to-day struggles that will affect the sum of money you are paid for your pain and suffering. Additionally, you may need to consult that journal when you are called upon to testify at the deposition and the trial.

Speak to a car accident attorney, like those in the offices of Cok Kinzler PLLP, to learn more.