Why Should I Keep a “Pain Journal” After Injuries in an Accident?

Pain Journal – We tend to forget the details of painful trauma we have suffered, as more time elapses from the time of the trauma.  This is so because of “motivated forgetting,” a concept first articulated by the renowned philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche in 1894.  Nietzsche stated that people must forget to move on with their lives.  According to Nietzsche, people forget certain traumas that they have suffered for purposes of self-protection.

Motivated Forgetting Can Hurt You

While motivated forgetting may help you move forward from trauma in your life, motivated forgetting can hurt you if you find yourself having to bring a lawsuit to seek compensation for personal injuries you have suffered as a result of another’s wrongdoing or negligence.  Unfortunately, due to the nature of our court system, years may pass between the time you suffer an injury and the time when you get to testify regarding the impact your injuries had on your life.  By that time, particularly if you have recovered, you may very well have forgotten the details of the pain and suffering you endured in the immediate aftermath of your accident.

If you forget the extent of your pain and suffering caused by another’s wrongdoing or negligence when the time comes for you to testify about it, you may not recover the  full compensation you might otherwise recover.  Your ability to recover appropriate compensation for pain and suffering hinges on your ability to describe in detail the pain and suffering you endured.

What to Include in My Pain Journal?

So, how can you overcome the human tendency to forget so you can describe what you suffered when the time comes for you to testify?  Keep a “pain journal” after the accident describing the impact of the accident on your daily life.  Write down, noting dates and times, such things as the difficulty you had getting in and out of bed, the difficulty you had with activities of daily living such as dressing or showering or toileting or applying makeup, the difficulty you had doing household chores or caring for a child, and the difficulty you had engaging in favorite activities (or your inability to engage in such activities).  If you keep a record of the impact the accident had on your life while you are suffering that impact, you will be able to use that record to refresh your recollection of the pain and suffering the accident caused you, should you forget any details when the time comes for you to testify.

If you need assistance with a personal injury claim, talk with or contact our lawyers experienced in handling these claims such as Benjamin King at Douglas, Leonard & Garvey.  Attorney King can be reached at 1-800-240-1988 or fill out our online contact form.

 

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