Medical records are critical in any type of accident claim – whether you have a car accident injury or slip and fall lawsuit. They are evidence of your injuries and establish not only that your claim is legitimate, but also help to establish how much you have paid for your injuries over time. Good evidence is always essential in these types of cases and your medical records can include information such as:
- A detailed description of your injuries
- What your doctor recommends for treatment and recovery prognosis
- Any pain you have experienced during your treatments and if it has improved, worsened or remained the same
- Your expected recovery times
- Future medical treatments that are required
- Estimated medical costs
Which Records Matter?
Medical history can play a role in your claim as well. For example, if your injuries occurred in a car accident, you must mention earlier car accidents or previous injuries that could be relevant in your case. If you do not and the defense acquires your medical records to uncover previously undisclosed injuries, it could harm your credibility in the case. Pre-existing conditions that have been made worse by the accident can still receive compensation; therefore, there is no reason to hide past injuries or accidents.
Also, emergency room notes and your doctor’s records will help prove that you were injured in an accident. As long as you mention in the ER or at your doctor’s office that it is an accident-related injury, it should be noted in your medical chart.
Medical records are given more consideration, especially those that were obtained immediately after the injury. Insurance companies will often try to dispute injuries, so having them on your medical records is important.
Your Insurance Company Will Request Them
Even if you are not filing a claim with your own insurance company, they will review the medical records to determine if you have told the truth in the injury case. This is why it is important that when you speak to others, speak to doctors or fill out forms, you are clear, concise and consistent with your account of the injury and accident itself. If you are not truthful or you exaggerate your injuries, you could be denied a settlement altogether.
Speak with an Attorney Regarding Your Medical Records
If you have a claim for injury after an accident, you need to speak with a Tampa accident attorney. For years the team at Hancock Injury Attorneys has been helping individuals receive the compensation they deserve in their accident cases. We feel that if you have been injured because of someone’s negligence, you have the right to collect compensation.
If you or a loved one would like to seek legal action for injuries sustained in an accident, contact our offices as soon as possible at 813-915-1110 to schedule a free consultation. You can also request more information or ask your legal questions online via our contact form.