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It can be hard to remember precisely how food poisoning has impacted your life over time. However, by keeping a journal of your symptoms, pain, and more, you can keep track of the necessary information and share it with your doctors and lawyers.

If you got food poisoning due to someone else’s carelessness, you deserve compensation for your losses. Contact the legal team at OFT Food Safety & Injury Lawyers for help with your claim. Call us at (888) 828-7087 or use our online contact form.

What Should I Write in a Food Poisoning Journal?

In your food poisoning journal, you should keep track of symptoms, pain, and how it all affects your life. This Post-Accident Pain Journal by Enjuris is a good example. Keep in mind that others will examine your journal, so you should strive to include as many details as possible. Be accurate, yet also brief with complete descriptions.

Your overview can include sections for symptoms, details, severity, activities affected when noticed, and timing. Under symptoms, make sure you indicate the effects of your food poisoning. For example, you might be experiencing dizziness and nausea.

Provide details about how you’re feeling, including the severity. You can rate your symptom severity on a scale of one to 10, with one being the least amount of pain or discomfort you’ve ever experienced and 10 being the most. Any time this rating changes, you should indicate what happened and why in your journal.

It would help if you also recorded the duration and frequency of your symptoms. When did you notice them, how long do they last, and are they recurring? This helps your medical team know how to treat your situation.

Keep track of the activities that are affected by your food poisoning – at home and work. If you’re unable to do anything you were previously able to do, make sure to indicate those limitations. Get statements from friends, family, and coworkers about these limits as well.

When Should I Write in My Food Poisoning Journal?

It would help if you began writing in it as soon as possible after you become ill. Make an entry anytime your symptoms change, or you have something new to report. That should be at least daily with weekly summarizations.

The journal’s goal is to keep track of anything that happens due to your food poisoning, so your team of advisors needs to know any changes.

Record Your Medical Information in Your Journal

Along with your symptoms and other daily information, you should record any medications and therapies necessary as a result of the food poisoning. Don’t forget to include any side effects from that medical treatment as well.

Every time you go to the doctor, ER, or take a medication (prescribed or over the counter), you should record it. If your doctor wants you to have ongoing treatment, you can indicate that and the reasoning in your journal.

How Will My Journal Be Used?

Your food poisoning journal can be helpful to your medical team as well as your food injury lawyers. Your doctors will have an understanding of all of your symptoms and their progression. This can help them determine what kind of bacteria may be making you ill.

Your attorneys can use the information to support your claim. The at-fault party’s insurance company may try to deny how badly you’ve been affected by food poisoning. Your journal will provide an in-depth look at all of the suffering you’ve endured. Ultimately, it can help you get more money for your claim.

A Food Poisoning Lawyer Can Help if You’re Sick

You shouldn’t be sick due to someone else’s irresponsible actions. If you are, we can help you recover. Call OFT Food Safety & Injury Lawyers at (888) 828-7087 or use our online contact form to reach out.

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