Why Are Medical Records Important?.
Medical records — as well as medical bills — are very important to your insurance claim because they are evidence of your injuries. Good evidence is an essential element to proving your insurance claim or personal injury lawsuit. The most relevant medical records for personal injury include:
- Description of your injuries
- Your doctor’s recommended treatment
- Any pain you experienced during treatment
- Recovery time
- Future medical treatment
- Your estimated medical bills.
Some Medical Records Are More Important Than Others
Believe it or not, your personal medical history could also play a role in the outcome of your case. If your injuries occurred in a car accident, don’t forget to mention any earlier car accidents or injuries with your doctor. If any pre-existing injuries were made worse in this auto accident, your insurance may be claim worth even more money. Consult with an experienced personal injury attorney to find out if your case qualifies.
Emergency room records and your doctor’s notes are two of your most important medical records, but so is the information you filled out in writing or told a health care provider after your injury. If you were seriously injured, you may not be in the best mental condition to properly fill out all your information right then and there. What if someone else, such as a busy emergency room worker, filled out your information and made a mistake? What if you, while under heavy pain medication, were not thinking clearly when filling out this information?
These medical records are given more consideration since they were obtained right after your injury. Insurance companies often argue they are the undisputed truth. The bottom line: our personal injury attorneys will not let any mistakes made with this documentation adversely affect your case.
Your Insurance Company Also Knows Your Medical Records
Your insurance company will review all of your medical records to determine whether or not you have told the truth. So keep this in mind when discussing their injuries and/or filling out documents for doctors or others. If you are not truthful with your doctors or exaggerate your injuries, your insurance company will use it against you during the settlement process.
Our Personal Injury Attorneys Can Help You With Medical Bills
Since 1992, our San Diego law firm has been helping people pay back their medical bills after an injury, and we can do it for you too. A lot of doctors have poor handwriting and use confusing terms, but our personal injury attorneys will make sure that all of your injuries and conditions are known.
Our firm’s founder, Michael Pines, is a former insurance company lawyer, so he knows how they will take every advantage they can against you and your case. Let our attorneys handle the insurance companies so that you could recover what you’ve lost.
If you or a loved one would like to seek legal action for injuries in a car accident, contact our bilingual offices as soon as possible at 1-800-655-6585 for a FREE consultation with an experienced San Diego personal injury attorney or click here to submit your case for a FREE online review. We handle all cases on a contingency fee basis, which means that you owe nothing until we recover money on your behalf.