The Importance of Medical Records in a Personal Injury Case

Getting medical care at our Athens injury center after a personal injury accident ensures your speedy recovery. And letting our lawyers handle your personal injury case makes the entire process simpler. The attorney will communicate with your doctor and make sure that all your medical records are in order.

Let us explain just how important these medical documents are when you file a personal injury claim.

The Initial Check-Up Will Help Establish Causality

In a personal injury case, one of the most contested parts is the source of the injuries. This is often due to the fact that people underestimate how badly they’ve been hurt and delay going to the hospital.

You should come to our injury center immediately after your accident and let a doctor examine you. The initial report they prepare will contain the date and time of the examination. This will allow the lawyer to connect the injuries you’ve suffered with the accident.

Diagnostic Test Can Explain the Extent of Your Injuries

Insurance adjusters often accuse personal injury victims that they are exaggerating their injuries. Without medical records, an adjuster can deny or substantially devalue the claim and even persuade a jury to refuse awarding you damages.

However, diagnostic tests can substantiate your claims. X-rays, MRIs and CT scans show even hidden injuries, such as spinal cord injury or soft tissue damage. Combined with the doctor’s report on your condition and the potential long term effects of the injuries, your attorney will be able to prove your claims.

Consultation Notes Can Determine the Level of Pain and Suffering

When it comes to calculating non-economic damages, it is never easy to put a dollar value on your pain and suffering. However, insurance companies will always try to downplay it and say that you are just putting up a show to get more money.

This is hurtful and unfair – but hard to refute without evidence. Your own doctor’s consultation notes will provide this much-needed evidence. At our injury center, we know how to evaluate our patient’s pain, based on the medically accepted scale.

diagnostic tests will support your personal injury claim

Maximum Medical Improvement Record Will Determine Future Medical Care Needs

The maximum medical improvement is a term defining the point when no further treatment is likely to make any difference to your condition. While for most personal injury victims this means the moment when they are fully healed, others will still face health problems.

Your attorney will need to know the full extent of your permanent impairment in order to evaluate your damages, such as:

  • Future medical care and nursing care costs
  • Loss of earning capacity
  • Costs with assistive devices (wheelchair, prosthetic limb, walking frame)
  • Loss of quality of life

How to Organize Your Medical Records

As you prepare for your personal injury case, you need to make sure that all your medical records are properly organized to paint a clear picture of your injuries. Our Athens injury center will issue all the copies you need to add to your file and hand over to your lawyer.

Here are a few helpful tips:

  • Arrange the records in a chronological order
  • Make back-up copies by scanning or photocopying to have both digital and hard-copy documents
  • Organize the documents by type: diagnostic tests, prescriptions, bills, etc.
  • Create an index listing all the documents in the file and check that they are actually there

Seek the Best Medical Care and Legal Representation at Our Athens Injury Center!

After a personal injury accident, come to our Athens injury center to get diagnosed and receive effective medical care. While our doctors and therapists will help you heal, we will also find the best attorney among our staff to handle your personal injury case.

We will prepare all medical records proving your injuries and, with your permission, hand them to the lawyer representing you.

Whenever you need help after an accident, call 1-800-HURT911 and let our multidisciplinary team handle the medical and legal aspects of your case!