Medical evidence forms the foundation for all personal injury cases, and its strength and quality can mean the difference between getting the settlement you deserve and being forced to accept a substandard offer. Emergency room records, treatment bills, and doctor’s notes all play a crucial role in assigning liability and determining damages.
So why do some people fail to seek medical treatment after being in a car accident or slipping and falling? It’s usually because they, as they put it, “feel fine.” Some injuries, however, can take days to become symptomatic, especially internal ones. Accident victims are also frequently in shock immediately after the incident and do not feel any pain right away. To be on the safe side, it’s important always to be checked out.
Some people will seek medical attention after an accident, only to skip recommended treatment due to work commitments, financial worries, or lack of access to easy transportation. This can be almost as problematic for your case when it comes to assigning a damage value.
Medical records prove you were injured
Medical records provide evidence that you were injured. Ambulance and emergency room records, notes from your treating physicians, and treatment records from a chiropractor, physical therapist, or other professional will all prove the following:
- The nature and extent of your injuries
- The treatment provided
- How much pain you experienced
- How the injury has impacted and may continue to impact your life
Your attorney will use these records to demand compensation from the at-fault party’s insurance company. If there is no documentation proving the extent of your injury and no medical records that give a reasonable idea of what treatment you underwent and what you will need in the future, then the value of your personal injury claim is likely to be a lot less than what you deserve.
Medical records prove damages in your case
Failure to promptly obtain necessary medical attention can have an adverse impact on the outcome of your personal injury case. With no medical records to prove both economic and noneconomic damages, counsel for the insurance company can take the position that you weren’t seriously hurt or have completely recovered since the accident.
If you are injured in a motor vehicle accident, slip and fall, or any other mishap, then seek medical attention right away. Then contact a New York personal injury attorney to go over your case, review all medical documentation, and determine if you have a valid personal injury claim. Without treatment records, such an assessment would be difficult to make, and obtaining a fair award or settlement will be just as challenging.
Jayson Lutzky helps clients obtain cash compensation for lost wages, pain and suffering and medical bills sustained as a result of an accident. Call Mr. Lutzky’s office to set up a free in-person consultation at 718-329-9500. Visit www.MyNewYorkCityLawyer.com to learn more about Jayson Lutzky, P.C.