When you’re injured because of someone else’s negligence, you may be able to file a personal injury claim, seeking compensation to cover the damages you’ve suffered. However, proving that the person or entity in question was negligent can pose some challenges. It’s important for you to have as much evidence as possible, and part of that is securing comprehensive medical records of the care you’ve received.
Your medical records may come from your doctor’s office, hospital, therapist and any other provider you visited for treatment stemming from your injury. These records help demonstrate exactly what types of injuries you suffered, how much pain you were in at the time of treatment, what types of treatments were administered and how the injury has and will continue to affect you in your day-to-day life.
Comparing before and after
You may also obtain medical records from before your injury. This will help you compare your condition before the injury occurred to your state after the injury, which is especially important if you had a preexisting condition at or near the affected body part.
Additionally, personal injury lawsuit defendants and insurance companies may request medical exams from third-party doctors, so having medical records from your own physician to back up your case can be of great assistance to you, especially if the third-party provider reaches a different conclusion.
If you file a personal injury claim, you must provide access to your medical records. Your lawyer will need them to analyze the strength of your claim, and the opposing side also is legally allowed the opportunity to review them.
For more information on using medical records in your personal injury claim, consult a trusted San Diego attorney at Thorsnes Bartolotta McGuire right away.