In order to recover financial compensation in a personal injury claim, the plaintiff, or injured party, must prove, among other elements, causation and damages. Typically, medical records are the most important source of proof of damages, and can be useful in proving causation.
Medical records serve as documentation that an injury arose from a particular event. This is why it is so important if you are injured in any type of accident, whether automobile, workplace, slip and fall, etc., to seek immediate medical treatment. The immediate need for care demonstrates to an insurance company or jury that the recent event caused your injury. Medical records and opinions from medical experts can also be used to show the event caused a new injury or exacerbated an old injury when the defendant is claiming you have a pre-existing injury.
Medical records are also used to calculate the amount of damages. This is the dollar amount your loss is worth. Medical records can help to put a hard dollar amount on the amount spent on your care to date. This will include your initial visit to the emergency room or physician, follow up treatments, rehabilitation, and any other medical care necessary. Your physician's prognosis can also be used to show future medical expenses when care for your injury may be ongoing for months or years.
Medical records can also be helpful in showing non-economic damages such as pain and suffering, mental and emotional distress, loss of quality of life, etc. Though the medical records will not put an exact dollar figure on these losses, they are part of a total claim and the medical records can speak to what a victim has suffered.
If you or a loved one have been injured in an accident and need medical attention, go to the emergency room or your physician immediately. Your health should be priority number one. Follow the treatment recommendations of your medical providers. If you would like to speak with an attorney about your injury please contact Richard Armond at (678) 661-9585 for a free consultation today.
Attorney Richard Armond of The Armond Firm, LLC, handles serious personal injury and wrongful death cases throughout metro Atlanta and the State of Georgia. He is licensed to practice law by the State Bar of Georgia and is based in Lawrenceville, one mile down the road from the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center. Call him today for a free consultation at (678) 661-9585.The information above is for informational purposes only as of the date of publication and should not be relied upon as legal advice, nor does the reading of it form an attorney-client relationship. Always consult directly with an attorney for legal advice.