The Best Way to Help Your Personal Injury Attorney: Symptom Diary

When you are put on the spot, it can be difficult to remember the answer to even the simplest question. It happens to the best of us. Sometimes you know the exact answer, but suddenly you can’t even remember what you ate for breakfast. A good way to combat this during a trial is to keep a symptom diary. A symptom diary can help you and your attorney in a number of ways. So, what is a symptom diary? Read on to learn more about symptom diaries and how they can help.

What is a Symptom Diary?

A symptom diary is a detailed record of your symptoms resulting from your injury. This may include physical as well as mental and emotional symptoms. This can take many different forms. You may choose to keep a traditional, hand-written diary, a typed document, a detailed calendar, or a spreadsheet. You should choose whichever option works best for you.

What do I put in a Symptom Diary?

There is no set of rules when it comes to using a symptom diary. The one important thing to remember is to be honest. If you over-exaggerate your symptoms you run the risk of losing credibility. Instead, you should be open, honest, and informative. You can use the diary to keep track of your doctor’s appointments, meetings with your attorney, and your day to day life as you recover from your injury. This can help you answer questions throughout the trial. Additionally, it can help quantify your emotional and mental burdens, rather just financial. If you are injured due to the negligence of another party, you may deserve compensation. But you should be compensated for more than your medical bills. You should be compensated for your pain, loss of enjoyment, emotional burdens, etc. A symptom diary is a good way to keep track of the toll your injury has taken and can be important evidence in your case.

If you or a loved one has been injured due to the negligence of another party, you likely deserve compensation. To discuss your case, reach out to Stathis & Leonardis, LLC. We want to fight for you to recover the compensation you deserve. We understand the toll an injury can take on you, not just financially, but physically, mentally, and emotionally. You should be compensated for these burdens. To discuss your case with an experienced attorney, reach out today.


Stathis & Leonardis, LLC is an experienced personal injury law firm in Middlesex County, New Jersey that is committed to helping clients who have been hurt due to another party’s negligence. If you have been involved in a motor vehicle accident or were injured on another person’s property, please do not hesitate to contact our firm today.

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