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What is a pain journal?


A: When a person has been significantly injured, it might be helpful for a person to record in a journal or diary their daily problems. This documents the pain and suffering that they are experiencing on a daily basis. This however is a double edged sword. The defense argues that such a pain journal is 'self-serving' and is being done only to bolster the claim of pain and suffering. The other side of the argument is that this journal is being made to document all of the injured person's pain that she and her family might otherwise forget. The one downside to a pain journal is that the defense attorneys have the opportunity to question the plaintiff (injured victim) at great length about each and every entry that they made in their journal. This could go on for days, and in some cases it has taken days to do this at deposition!