One of the most important group of documents in your possession after a motor vehicle accident is your medical records. Your medical records can make or break your car accident claim. They can cause a dismissal in court or be used to increase the maximum value of your claim. Here’s what you need to know about the importance of medical records after a car accident.
You Need to Illustrate You Received Care Right Away
A common reason that car accident claims are denied are because individuals involved do not receive medical treatment right away. The defense will argue that waiting for medical care means the injuries aren’t severe. When you’re in a crash, go to the hospital or your doctor immediately. Then, use your medical records to show that you did so.
You Need to Illustrate the Seriousness of Your Medical Conditions
There is a plethora of information in your medical records to illustrate the severity of your medical condition(s), including:
- How many different doctors you need to see for various accident-related injuries and health problems
- How frequently you need to see each of these doctors
- Your chief complaints at each of these doctors’ visits (including whether or not you were in pain, how you feel the injury is healing, how difficult it is to do certain tasks, etc.)
- The doctors’ notes regarding each of these conditions
- Diagnostic test results
- Medications prescribed
Although it may be disconcerting to provide your private medical records, the information in them is highly valuable. All of the above can be used to determine the seriousness of your injuries and help your personal injury attorney come to a settlement amount to cover the damages incurred.
Contact Sarkisian Law Today
If you or a loved one were involved in a car accident, a motorcycle accident, or a truck accident, don’t hesitate to get the help you need from an experienced lawyer. At Sarkisian Law, we help our clients navigate the difficult process of bringing a claim forward and obtaining a settlement to compensate them for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.