The Importance of Medical Documentation in Car Accident Claims
Regardless of how minor a car accident may seem, it can result in physical injuries and emotional and financial losses. Car accident injury victims have a right to pursue liable drivers for compensation for collision damages.
Evidence strengthens a car accident claim, making it easier to prove liability and the extent of accident damages. Medical documentation is a vital type of evidence in many Flagler Beach car accident claims. Car accident lawyers at Chanfrau & Chanfrau, which serves Daytona Beach, FL, Palm Coast, FL, and surrounding areas, explain the importance of medical documentation in car accident cases and how it supports damage claims.
Should I Seek Medical Treatment After a Car Accident?
One of the most common concerns of car accident victims is whether or not to seek medical treatment. We strongly urge any individual involved in a car crash to schedule a medical exam as soon as possible, even if there are no apparent injuries at the scene of the collision. Car accidents frequently result in internal injuries that do not immediately cause symptoms. Injuries can worsen the longer they are left untreated.
How Does Medical Documentation Support My Car Accident Claim?
Anyone filing a car accident or personal injury claim can benefit from the information provided by medical documentation. Medical documentation establishes and supports many crucial aspects of a successful personal injury claim. Medical documentation improves a plaintiff’s chance of receiving maximum compensation for damages in the following ways:
- Proves the existence of injuries
- Creates a link between the car accident and the plaintiff's injuries by creating a timeline of when the accident occurred and when treatment was received
- Demonstrates the severity of the plaintiff’s injuries
- Establishes the need for ongoing care, treatment, or rehabilitation
- Calculates past medical expenses and projects future medical costs
What Type of Documentation Do I Need?
Lawyers at Chanfrau & Chanfrau advise our Daytona Beach clients about the type of medical documentation they need based on the details of their car accident and resulting injuries. Examples of relevant documentation include:
- Medical records - All records from medical providers detailing diagnosis, treatment, and prognosis
- Imaging reports - Copies of any imaging studies performed throughout diagnosis or treatment, which may include x-rays, CT scans, or MRIs
- Rehabilitation records - Physical therapy, occupational therapy, and other types of rehabilitation are an essential part of medical treatment, so these documents should be collected for a car accident claim
- Prescription records - Documents listing all prescribed medication related to car accident injuries
- Expert reports - Our lawyers may collect reports from medical experts to further demonstrate the extent of injuries and the ongoing impact on the plaintiff’s life
Contact Chanfrau & Chanfrau
If you have been injured in a car accident, lawyers at Chanfrau & Chanfrau can assist you in filing a claim and collecting all the documentation necessary to strengthen your case and increase the likelihood of an appropriate financial settlement. To discuss the details of your case with our legal team, contact our practice online and request a consultation.