Keeping a Pain, Symptom & Treatment Diary After Truck Accident

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If you have been injured by a delivery truck accident in New Jersey, you may be entitled to recover compensation. When it comes to compensation, you can show your medical documents. This will quantify your medical expenses. Additionally, you can show how many days of work you missed, showing your lost wages. But how do you quantify the physical pain you are experiencing? Can you quantify the emotional suffering you are enduring? You deserve compensation for all of these burdens. One good way to help quantify your pain, suffering, and the toll the injury has taken on your life is to keep a pain, symptom, and treatment diary.

What is a Pain, Symptom, and Treatment Diary?

A pain, symptom, and treatment diary is a diary where you record the symptoms related to your accident. It can be a traditional hand-written journal, a typed document, a spreadsheet, or even a detailed calendar. You should pick whichever option works best for you.

What do I Put in my Diary?

A pain, symptom, and treatment diary can be useful for a number of reasons. You can use it to show how your accident has impacted your life. In your diary, you should locate and quantify your pain. For example, you may explain that your lower back hurts and is a 7 on a pain scale of 1-10. The other important thing to do is to describe how your injury has impacted you. You would want to include that as a result of your back pain, you were unable to complete the household chores you needed to do, or spend time with your kids. This will help your attorney better understand your injury, what you are experiencing, and how much compensation you deserve. Additionally, your mental health is important, and keeping a diary can help you express your feelings. All that being said, it is important to be honest when it comes to your diary. You should not lie about or exaggerate your symptoms. This will hurt your case rather than helping it. Instead, it is important to be totally honest.

If you have any questions about why you should keep a pain, symptom, and treatment diary, or how to go about using one, contact our firm today. We are here to fight for you to recover the compensation you deserve. If you or a loved one has been injured by a delivery truck in New Jersey, contact our firm today.


Retaining an attorney after an injury-causing accident is the most effective way to ensure that you receive the compensation to which you are legally entitled. To learn more about how we can help you, call the Wilton Law Firm today at 732-275-9555 or send us an email through our online contact form.