Workers’ Compensation: Keep a Pain Journal for Your CaseBy Kenton Koszdin on July 19, 2018 | In Workers Compensation
It’s important to prove the extent of your injuries or illness for a Workers’ Compensation (WC) claim. One way to do this is to keep a pain journal.
The WC claims administrator will need as much information as possible about your medical condition and how your injury has affected your daily life. You, of course, are the best person to convey this information.
We urge you to keep a pain diary and add to it every day. The journal can be as simple as a spiral-bound notebook or a more complicated process like an electronic record or spreadsheet.
Information To Include in Your Pain Journal
Record every day:
- Pain level or discomfort on a scale of 1 to 10; be sure to indicate the time(s) and activities of your ratings.
- A description of your pain.
- Medications and treatments, how effective they are and any side effects.
- Any symptom changes.
- How the pain and injuries affect your life – for example, activities, emotions, and relationships.
- Notes from all doctor, therapy, and testing appointments.
In addition to your journal, be sure to keep all pertinent records regarding your injuries, accident and WC claim safe in one location. These records include but are not limited to:
- Medical bills
- Pay stubs and W2s
- Contact information for witnesses
- Doctor treatment plans
In addition to being helpful for your WC claim, the information in a pain diary can help if you file a claim against a third party; for example, for damages for pain, suffering, and mental anguish.
Let Us Know If We Can Help with Your Workers’ Compensation Case
If you or a loved one has been denied Worker’s Compensation or Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits, have an experienced attorney who has handled these types of cases get involved immediately. The Kenton Koszdin Law Office, Social Security attorney in Van Nuys, can help you navigate the application process for the best possible outcome for you and your family. Please call 800.438.7734 for your initial free consultation, either in our office or in the comfort of your own home.