In order to document the aftermath of the affects of the injury on you and how it affected your lifestyle, it is important to maintain a pain and suffering diary. On a calendar or in a notebook — actually just on a piece of paper will work — begin writing notes describing each day, as soon after the accident as possible. Because some cases can be delayed or last for more than a year, it is important to have this information because it may be difficult later to recall details. In your pain and suffering diary, take note of what hurts, to what degree you would describe the pain, etc. Include on what dates you visited your doctors. And be sure to note what events or life happenings you are forced to miss because of your injuries.