Medical Evidence in an Accident Injury Claim
Suffering an accident injury can be traumatic, and when you are seeking to recover damages, it can be even more difficult. Medical records can be crucial in proving both the type and severity of your injuries as well as the type of treatments you have undergone. Your medical records could end up making the difference in whether you are compensated for another’s negligence, so it is imperative to keep them carefully.
What Type of Medical Records Should I Have?
If you were taken to the emergency room immediately following your accident, the notes written by the emergency room physician can prove invaluable to the eventual success of your case. In the beginning, before you have forgotten any details, it’s a good idea to construct a timeline which shows the injuries you were diagnosed with as a result of your accident, the severity of the injuries, your treating physician’s recommended treatments and any pain management meds you are under due to the accident.
Keep a notebook in which you make notes every time you see a doctor, have a test done, or have a prescription filled. To recap, you will need all hospital records, emergency room intake records, ambulance records, physician records, therapy reports, chiropractic treatment reports as well as receipts for medical equipment, private nurses, medications and co-pays. Any notes about the actual accident, as well as witnesses can also prove to be invaluable.
How Medical Records Can Tip the Scales in Your Favor
Once your attorney has established negligence, the next step will be to provide documentation regarding the nature and extent of your injuries with the records you have put together. It will also be important for you to show the approximate timetable for your recovery, as well as whether your physician feels you will be able to do everything you did prior to the accident—and when. This is extremely important—you are much more likely to obtain an equitable settlement if you have solid proof that the accident has severely limited you from activities you once enjoyed, or work you can no longer do.
If you had any pre-existing health issues, your doctor will need to document the extent they have been affected by your accident, and you will need careful records and documentation regarding exactly what effect the accident has had on your life and your future.
Consult an Attorney
If you have been injured in an accident, then you need to be cautious about how you proceed with a compensation claim--remember that a quick and early settlement may not be in your best interests. If you don’t want to end up shortchanged, you should always talk to an experienced personal injury attorney who will do their best to ensure you get the best settlement possible.