One of the main components of a damages award for pain and suffering will be your own reports about the symptoms you are suffering as a result of your injuries. Generally, this evidence is provided through testimony in court and statements to ICBC adjusters. However, in claims involving injuries and pain occurring over a period of years, your memories at the time of your testimony/statements may not be sufficiently detailed to provide and full and accurate recollection of the extent of your pain and suffering. This is why it may be beneficial to keep a pain journal, setting out your observations on your pain at the time you feel it. This may help ensure the accuracy of your testimony, and provide valuable “backup” to your recollections.