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The importance of medical records in your personal injury claim

On Behalf of | Apr 24, 2024 | Personal Injury |

Sustaining a personal injury can be a traumatic experience, both physically and emotionally. In addition to the pain and suffering, it can also lead to financial distress, particularly if you are unable to work due to the injury.

In such situations, filing a personal injury claim can help you recover the damages you have suffered. However, to ensure a successful claim, you need to gather and use medical records effectively.

Why are medical records important in personal injury claims?

Medical records play a crucial role in personal injury claims. They not only document your injuries but also provide a record of the treatments you received. Additionally, medical records can help establish a causal link between the accident and your injuries. In Mississippi, your medical records are your property, meaning that you have a legal right to inspect and obtain a copy of these records at any time during regular business hours.

Gathering medical records

To gather medical records, you need to request them from the health care providers who treated you. Make sure you request records from all health care providers who treated you for your injuries. This includes doctors, hospitals, physical therapists and even chiropractors. This is often as simple as making a phone call to the holder of your records.

Using medical records effectively

Medical records can serve as evidence in your personal injury case. Your attorney can use them to establish the extent and severity of your injuries and the impact they had on your life. Additionally, they can help your attorney negotiate a fair settlement with the insurance company.

While the road to recovery may be difficult, proper use of your medical records can significantly ease the journey by securing the financial support necessary for your healing process.

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