When you are involved in a personal injury claim, the process can sometimes be a bit confusing. Your personal injury attorney will ask you for your medical history as well as other medical evidence in the personal injury claim. While you may ask why all this medical evidence is necessary, there are some very compelling reasons to make sure that your personal injury attorney gets a full and complete record of your medical history so that they may best serve your interests. Here is some information so you can better understand the importance of medical evidence in a personal injury claim.
Personal Injury Claims Must Be Proven
In order for your personal injury attorney to have any chance of winning your case for your, there must be proof of the personal injury. Your medical records will help to prove that you actually did sustain one or more injuries that require medical attention and/or treatment.
The Injury Must Be Related to the Incident
Another criteria so that your personal injury attorney can have a chance of winning your claim is that the injuries that you sustain must be related to the incident. This is why your personal injury attorney will ask you for all of your medical records; not just the most recent ones. Otherwise, the other side could make an argument that you had a previous condition that caused your personal injury. They could say that your injury was related to your previous condition and not the incident that you are making a claim about.
How to Provide Medical Evidence in a Personal Injury Claim
Now that you can see the importance of medical evidence in a personal injury claim, you need to know how to provide this evidence. First, it’s crucial that you see your doctor as soon as possible after the incident. If you can’t get in to see your own doctor, it may be necessary to visit and emergency room for immediate treatment. Your health and safety are paramount, so whichever treatment you can get first, that’s what you should do. Next, collect as much photo and video evidence as you possibly can. This will help your personal injury attorney to document your injuries immediately after the incident. Be sure to keep all the paperwork regarding your medical treatment. If possible, obtain two copies; one for yourself and one for your personal injury attorney. Finally, get a complete medical history and have that sent to your personal injury attorney for their use.
The importance of medical evidence in a personal injury claim cannot be overstated. If you would like more information about how to document your injuries, please contact our offices today.