A motorcycle accident can cause devastating, life-altering injuries. If you were in a bike accident because of someone else’s negligence, you may be able to file a claim or lawsuit.
Medical records are one of the most crucial pieces of evidence you need for both insurance claims and personal injury lawsuits. Below are some common medical records your attorney can use to defend your legal right to compensation.
Important Medical Records After a Motorcycle Accident
Depending on the severity and circumstances of your accident, you can use a variety of medical records to establish and support your claim, including:
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Emergency Room Records
Since motorcycle accidents often cause severe injuries, the emergency room is often the first stop.
Records from your time in the emergency room can help establish the severity of your injuries, especially if the opposing party or insurance company tries to downplay your losses.
Critical Care Records
If your injuries from a motorcycle accident are catastrophic, you may be placed in critical care, where life support and constant monitoring keep you alive. Once your condition stabilizes, you may move to a different part of the hospital.
Critical care records can further substantiate your injury severity and support your need for additional care.
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In some severe injury cases, surgery is necessary to stop bleeding, treat and close wounds, repair or remove damaged organs, reset bones, or remove limbs too damaged to repair. Medical facilities sometimes keep surgical records in a different location, so check for surgery records when you obtain your hospital records.
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Hospital Stay Records
If you must stay in the hospital for any length of time during your treatment and recover, your attending physician, physician’s assistants, and nurses will all maintain records of your medications, treatment, and other items related to your stay.
Whether you are in the hospital or seen on an outpatient basis, your doctor will establish a treatment plan for your injuries. You can use this plan to show the course of treatment and substantiate the medical costs associated with your injury claim. Treatment plans may include medication, physical therapy, and rehabilitation.
Therapy and Rehabilitation Records
Physical therapy and rehabilitation facilities are often separate from the hospital and your primary care physician’s office. It is important to follow your doctor’s full treatment plan and attend therapy and rehabilitation regularly throughout the prescribed treatment period.
The therapist’s office will maintain records that your attorney will use to ensure you receive compensation for medical care associated with your motorcycle accident.
Medical History and Records for Associated Injuries
If you had a previous injury or illness worsened by the motorcycle accident, you may need to provide a medical history and records of your preexisting conditions. Your attorney can help you determine whether previous medical history will be helpful to your claim.
To protect your legal rights, avoid discussing any prior medical history with the opposing party or their insurance company before you speak with your attorney.
Medication, Assistive Devices, and Long-Term Care
Severe injuries from motorcycle accidents sometimes require extended care and assistance. Your doctor may manage your pain with prescription or over-the-counter pain medications and muscle relaxants.
They may also recommend using assistive devices such as a wheelchair, crutches, cane, or other equipment to enhance your mobility as you recover. Some catastrophic injuries could require long-term or in-home care due to loss of mobility or motor control.
Prescriptions and device recommendations in writing from your doctor can help you obtain compensation for necessary medicine and equipment. Keep all records and correspondence about assistive equipment, including receipts and invoices, so that you can include the total value of these items in your claim.
Medical Bills and Invoices
Medical records, doctors’ notes, and nurses’ notes help to substantiate the severity of your injuries and requisite treatments. Bills, invoices, and receipts for all your medical treatment, medication, and equipment are crucial for establishing your claim’s value.
Your attorney will compile your medical bills for all the services and products related to your accident, so you can ensure your claim includes all the costs associated with your injury treatment.
Our Motorcycle Accident Lawyers Can Help You Obtain Your Medical Records and More
If you or someone you love suffered injuries in a motorcycle accident, you may be able to file a claim or lawsuit for compensation. An attorney from Sevenish Law Firm, P.C. can help you understand your legal rights to compensation.
Our founding partner is The Lawyer Who Rides, Randy Sevenish. An avid motorcyclist, Randy understands the unique challenges injured bikers and their loved ones face. Randy and our motorcycle attorneys will aggressively defend your right to fair compensation for your losses.
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