The immediate aftermath of a car accident can be stressful and confusing. When the police arrive at the accident scene, they will request information from you and the at-fault driver. The police will not request your medical records after your car accident — either immediately afterward or at a later date. Their job is to document the accident and collect readily available evidence.
At the scene of the crash, they will ask for your license, vehicle registration, and proof of insurance. They might also ask you to explain what happened in your own words. If they contact you at a later date, police may ask you for information and details you were unable to provide at the time. This could be due to your injuries or your inability to obtain information from a severely damaged or destroyed vehicle.
Your Car Accident Lawyer Will Request Your Medical Records
Calling the police is one of the first things you should do immediately after a car accident. You should also consider contacting a local personal injury law firm without delay. They typically offer a free review of your case. Your review will allow the legal team to understand your accident and resulting injuries.
After accepting your case, your lawyer will request your medical records for the following reasons:
- To substantiate your injuries
- To understand your prognosis
- To assess your medical expenses
Your medical records may also note the cause of your injuries which your lawyer might use to strengthen your case.
Your Medical Records Are An Important Part Of Your Car Accident Case
Police will not request your medical records, but the at-fault driver’s insurance adjuster might do so. Do not share your medical records or grant access to them with anyone other than your lawyer. Refer all requests to the law firm and let them deal with the at-fault party’s insurance company for you.
Your medical records will note all diagnostic techniques, lab tests, and imaging exams used to assess and treat your injuries. These records document how your injuries happened and their short- and long-term effects. They may also document that your injuries were not pre-existing and the length of time they will prevent you from returning to work.
Additional Evidence That Supports Your Car Accident Case
Your medical records will support the cause of your injuries and their subsequent impact on your life. Your lawyer will collect the following evidence to prove the accident’s cause and its overall financial impact:
- Employment and salary records to prove your lost wages
- Official car accident report to document the accident’s cause
- Photos of the accident scene to show vehicle positions and points of impact
- Lay and expert witness statements to attest to the accident’s cause
Just like with your medical records, your lawyer will handle evidence collection for you. They will also ensure your evidence is submitted to the at-fault party and their insurer in a timely and organized manner once requested.
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Get Compensation For Your Medical Bills
Depending on the severity of your accident, your resulting medical bills can be hefty and ongoing. The car accident lawyer who handles your case will request the following types of recoverable damages based on your treatment plan:
- Emergency room fees
- Hospital admissions
- Assistive medical devices
- Prescription and OTC medications
- Treatment-related travel expenses
- Physical pain and suffering
Once you agree to a financial settlement, you cannot request additional compensation later. Because your medical care can continue far beyond your settlement date, having a lawyer assess your medical care and costs is important. Your lawyer can use your written prognosis to understand the costs of your post-settlement recovery. They can also ensure these costs are included in your settlement negotiations.
Additional Forms Of Car Accident Compensation
Your accident-related medical bills are only one portion of the damages you can recover after a car accident. Your lawyer will also work hard to recover the following:
- Past and future loss of income
- Property damage or total loss
- In-home domestic support
- Diminished property value
- Mental and emotional distress
- Loss of enjoyment of life
In addition to ensuring your case receives an accurate valuation, your lawyer will also ensure it is filed on time. Failure to meet the statute of limitations in your state could inadvertently prevent you from getting any compensation at all. The lawyer who handles your case will make sure you are aware of the filing deadline and ensure it is met.
Review Your Car Accident Case For Free
If you were injured in a car accident, our personal injury lawyer, not police, will request your medical records after the accident. At the Law Offices of Adam M. Smallow, we offer 360-degree client support. We even make sure you can contact a team member at any time.
Find out how hard we fight for you by calling one of our team members for a no-cost, no-obligation review of your case today.