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Why Medical Records are so important to your personal injury case

If you’ve been involved in a car accident, you already know how overwhelming the aftermath can be. Amidst the chaos, it’s easy to underestimate the importance of medical records when pursuing a personal injury claim.   At our firm we make sure our clients are comfortable with not only the doctors, but the medical care they are receiving. Even further we want to make sure that the medical records your doctor creates are going to help you case.  Here are some reasons why medical records are so important in establishing not only your injury but your pain and suffering:

1. Establishing Causation:

One of the primary reasons medical records are indispensable is their ability to establish a direct link between the accident and your injuries. When you seek immediate medical attention following an accident, it creates a chronological record that can be used to prove that your injuries are a direct result of the collision. This causal link is a cornerstone of your personal injury claim.

2. Documenting the Severity of Injuries:

Medical records provide a detailed account of your injuries, including their nature, extent, and any required treatments. This information is essential for determining the severity of your injuries and the associated medical costs. It helps ensure that you receive adequate compensation for your medical expenses, both current and future.

3. Expert Opinions:

Medical records often contain opinions and diagnoses from healthcare professionals. These expert opinions carry significant weight in your case. They help demonstrate the seriousness of your injuries and can influence the outcome of negotiations or court proceedings.

4. Demonstrating Compliance:

Following your healthcare provider’s recommendations and treatment plans is crucial. Medical records show that you’ve been diligent in seeking necessary medical care, which can strengthen your case. Failing to follow prescribed treatments may weaken your claim, as it can be interpreted as negligence on your part.

5. Providing a Timeline:

Medical records create a chronological timeline of your injuries and treatments. This timeline can be used to establish a clear narrative of your recovery process, helping the opposing party understand the impact the accident had on your life.

6. Anticipating Future Costs:

In many personal injury cases, the full extent of medical expenses may not be immediately apparent. Medical records help anticipate future medical costs, ensuring that you’re compensated for ongoing treatments, therapy, and potential long-term healthcare needs.

7. Validating Pain and Suffering:

Medical records don’t just detail physical injuries; they also often include notes about your pain, suffering, and emotional distress. These records help quantify the non-economic damages you’ve endured, which can be challenging to prove without them.

Bottom line, it’s important to not only trust the attorney but the doctor treating you after a car accident.  The important of medical records in creating a case against the at-fault driver cannot be overstated. Medical records serve as the foundation upon which your personal injury claim is built. Protect yourself and hire an attorney who understands the importance of working alongside doctors who will give you the best medical care treatment possible.  More importantly, make sure you have an attorney who understands the importance of medical records and how they increase the value of your personal injury claim. Have you been in an accident and need help finding a good doctor? Give our office a call at 504-434-7000 today and we’ll get started evaluating your case for free.