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Understanding Lawyers - Don't Think the Worst

I got into a car accident when my daughter was 2 years old. My daughter was not injured in the crash, but I was. The accident was caused by a distracted driver talking on her cell phone. The driver insisted that I was attending to my daughter and I took my eyes off the road. I unfortunately had many medical bills to pay and I had very little time to fight with insurance companies over settlement payments. I was concerned about the cost of an attorney, but I met with a lawyer anyway to help with the accident claim. The lawyer relieved my stress and dealt with the insurance company and the other driver. I want you to know that lawyers can be helpful, kind, and caring. Most people think the worst of these professionals, but I want you to know that lawyers should not be feared or avoided.

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Tips For Creating A Personal Injury Journal

If you are the victim of an accident that was caused by another person, you need to be prepared to document your injury for a potential lawsuit. This means starting a personal injury journal so that you can properly recall what your injury was like during your recovery. Here are a few tips for creating a basic personal injury journal that will get the job done.

Make It Easy To Update

It's important that your injury journal is easy to update so that you do it frequently. If you are the type of person that uses their phone for everything, making a journal on your desktop computer that you need to fire up may not be the best idea. The easier it is to update the more likely you are to do it.

Take Photographs

The saying that a picture is worth a thousand words has never been more true than in a personal injury case. Photos are a great way to represent how an injury is healing, but it must be done properly. Try to take photos at consistent intervals and in the same lighting conditions. You may even want to make it a habit to take a daily photo at the start of an injury. For example, if you have bruises on your body, you may want to take that photo every morning in your bathroom in bright lighting conditions.

Create A Pain Scale

It's also important to rate your pain on a scale of 1–10 when you make a journal entry. This is because it can be difficult to remember how painful an injury was when you are trying to recall it months or years later in a lawsuit. Some people even like to write a sentence or two to accompany the number rating so they have a better idea about what it means.

In addition, it can also help to use a diagram of the outline of a body to show where you are experiencing pain if it's in multiple areas. You can place the numbers on the diagram to quickly identify what areas are hurting the most. 

Log Your Medications

If you are taking medications that can help with recovery or mask the pain, it's important to log those as well in your journal. A pain reliever can definitely make your pain feel better than it actually feels, which is lowering the number you're logging for each entry. 

Contact a personal injury lawyer to learn more.