While you may feel like your memories and experiences are forever etched in your brain after a car accident, the truth is that the human memory is notoriously unreliable, especially after traumatic events. Below, we discuss how journaling can help you cope with your injuries after a car accident as well as benefit your car accident claim.
The Benefits of Journaling
In the days, weeks, and months following your car accident, your recollection of events may fade and you may have difficulty remembering minor details that could be incredibly important for your claim.
Additionally, writing down your experiences can help with your emotional recovery by providing an opportunity for you to reflect on the accident, acknowledge your fears and concerns, prioritize your feelings, and learn how to cope with any emotions you may be experiencing.
Write everything down, even if you think it’s not important. The more information you include, the better, as seemingly insignificant details can be important for your attorney to gather in order to prove the entire extent of your physical and emotional wounds.
What To Include in Your Journal
- What You Remember About the Accident. Memories can fade quickly; write down any specific details you remember about events leading up to the accident and anything you remember after the fact.
- A Description of Your Day. At the end of each day, record what the specific day was like and if/how your injury impacted you in any way.
- How You Are Relying on Other People. Many injury victims rely on their family members to some extent during their recovery, whether it be cooking, driving places, or even showering; write down how much you are relying on other people to show how your independence has been affected.
- Any Pain You Are Experiencing. Write down what your pain levels are each day, where you are experiencing pain, whether your pain increases during certain activities, and if there are any activities you can no longer do. These notes can help you remember things to discuss with your doctor to get relief or further treatment.
If you aren’t sure what to include in your car accident recovery journal, it’s a good idea to ask your attorney for more information about how your notes can benefit your case and recovery. At Klein Frank, our legal team is dedicated to helping injury victims recover compensation as well as assist them in their physical and emotional recovery in any way we can.
To get started with your free, personalized case review, contact our Boulder injury attorneys at (303) 622-3876 at your earliest convenience. You can also fill out our online contact form and we will get back to you as soon as possible.