Pain, Symptom, and Treatment Diary | What to Know

A diary can be useful in a number of situations. It is a great way to express your feelings and look back on past memories. Another situation in which a diary is especially useful is over the course of a personal injury trial. This type of diary is called a pain, symptom, and treatment diary. It can be a great tool to utilize, and it can help your attorney to better understand and defend your case. Read on to learn more about keeping a pain, symptom, and treatment diary and the ways it can benefit you.

What is a Pain, Symptom, and Treatment Diary?

A pain, symptom, and treatment diary can take many forms. It may be a traditional, hand-written diary, a typed document, a detailed calendar, or a spreadsheet. You should use whatever form will work best for you.

What do I Write in it?

It is important to remember to be honest while writing in your diary. If you lie about or exaggerate the extent of your injuries, you risk losing credibility. You should discuss your pain. For example, if your back hurts as a result of your injury, you should record what hurts, where it hurts, and what type of pain you are feeling. Additionally, you may want to quantify your pain on a scale of 1-10. Another important aspect is discussing the toll your injury takes on your everyday life. For example, did your back pain prevent you from cleaning your room? Did you have to cancel your plan to go for a walk? Did it limit your ability to spend time with your children?

Why do I Need One?

In the event of an injury, you can present your medical bills and injury-related expenses. This will quantify your financial burdens. But, there are a lot of ways an injury will impact you, other than financially. An injury can take a mental, physical, and emotional toll on you, and you deserve to be compensated for these burdens as well. A pain, symptom, and treatment diary is a way to quantify these things as well.

If you or a loved one has been injured due to the negligence of another party, you should reach out to a personal injury attorney. We want to fight for you to receive the compensation you deserve. If you have any questions or concerns regarding your case or the best way to keep a pain, symptom, and treatment diary, reach out to our firm today.


The legal team at Markey & Orsi has proudly represented injured clients throughout the state of Maryland for almost 30 years. If you have been injured due to another party’s negligence and require strong legal representation, contact Markey & Orsi today to schedule a consultation.


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