An injury journal is a bit like a diary. You should make a note of anything that relates to your accident and injury. Your journal will make it easier for you to make your compensation claim because it will reveal the full extent of your injury and how long it took you to recover. It will also document any financial costs that you have incurred.
What should you record in your injury journal?
You should record as much detail as possible. It is better to record too much detail than to leave something out and find out at a later date that it was information that you needed. Your journal should contain details of:
- Your injury
- How long it took you to fully recover
- Any out-of-pocket expenses you incurred
- Any wages you have lost as a result of the accident
Recording your injury and the healing process
Your injury journal should contain details of your injury and how long it takes for you to recover. This will help you to prove the extent of your injury.
This might include notes detailing how long you were unable to participate in sports or other recreational activities as a result of your injury. It could also include notes detailing how much pain you were in on any particular day.
Keeping track of your out-of-pocket expenses
As well as compensation for pain and suffering, you can also claim compensation for out-of-pocket expenses and any wages lost as a result of your accident. Depending on your injury, these costs can mount up. It can be easier to keep track of these costs if you keep an injury journal. Keeping a journal also makes it less likely that you will forget any items when you make your claim.
It is important to make a note of any time that you have had to take off work as a result of your injury, because you will be able to claim for the wages that you lost. You should also make a note of any visits to the hospital or to your doctor, and include a note of any travel costs, because you will be able to claim these back provided you keep the receipts or tickets.
Using your injury journal to make a compensation claim
You can claim compensation for injuries that you have suffered as a result of an accident that was someone else’s fault, provided you make your claim within three years of the date of the accident. You can find out whether or not you have a valid claim by taking the unique 30-second test on Accident Advice Helpline’s website.
Accident Advice Helpline has been helping people with personal injury compensation claims since the year 2000. We have a team of expert solicitors who work on a no-win, no-fee basis. Those solicitors will be able to use the information contained in your injury journal to make a compensation claim on your behalf.
Dial 0800 689 0500 from a landline, or 0333 500 0993 from your mobile phone to connect with the claim experts at Accident Advice Helpline today.
Date Published: 2nd June 2013
Author: David Brown