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Types of Medical Evidence You Will Need for Your Personal Injury Case

When it comes to personal injury cases, the burden of proof lies with the plaintiff, or the person bringing the suit. Even if you end up settling out of court, you will need certain pieces of evidence to substantiate your claims in the case. Some of this evidence will be in the form of medical evidence. There are different types of medical evidence you will need, and some of the burden to gather this evidence will lie with you even if you hire an attorney to represent you. Here are some of the types of medical evidence you will need in your case.

Initial Examination and Diagnosis

You should visit a doctor, urgent care, or emergency room immediately after any accident, even if you don’t think that you have been injured. There are many latent or hard-to-detect injuries that will be revealed in a thorough examination. The earlier you have documentation of these injuries, the stronger your claim will be. You should get copies of your records from this initial examination and diagnosis. Continue reading “Types of Medical Evidence You Will Need for Your Personal Injury Case”

Why Medical Evidence Is Important to Personal Injury Cases

When you have a personal injury case, whether it is resulting from a car accident or other incident, there are a lot of pieces of evidence that you will need to back up your claims. You have the burden of proof to show that you sustained the injuries for which you are requesting compensation. In car accidents, this means that you must have evidence of the damages and injuries you sustained.

What Is Medical Evidence?

Medical evidence in personal injury cases often boils down to detailed medical records compiled and released by your medical providers. It can include records of any diagnosis and treatment that was a result of your accident. These records can contain information from the doctors you saw, both initially in the emergency room or urgent care as well as follow-up care, physical therapy treatment and notes, physical restrictions or limitations due to your injuries, and information from other health providers such as imaging experts or specialists. Continue reading “Why Medical Evidence Is Important to Personal Injury Cases”

What Does a Personal Injury Attorney Do for You?

If you have recently been injured due to someone else’s negligence, you can and should hire a personal injury attorney to represent you. But why is it recommended to have an attorney? What exactly do they do for you? Here are just a few things they handle.

Gathering Evidence

Your personal injury lawyer will spend a lot of time and effort gathering evidence to back up your claims. They will be getting incident reports, police reports, medical records and bills, reports from your employer, and witness statements. Some of this information is easy to gather, while other information can take some time to complete.  Continue reading “What Does a Personal Injury Attorney Do for You?”

Three Common Car Accident Scenarios and Who Is At Fault

Car accidents are more common than you might think. The average adult will be in four car accidents during their lifetime. If you have been in an accident and you believe the other driver is at fault, you need to make a case to get the compensation you deserve. To give you an idea of who might be considered at fault, here are some examples of the three most common types of car accidents.

Rear-End Crashes

Rear-end car crashes, or “fender benders,” are the most common type of car accident. About 40 percent of all accidents are rear-end crashes. In most cases, the person to rear-end the other driver is at fault. There can be some exceptions, however. If the driver who was hit slammed on the brakes or had other erratic driving behavior that led to the rear-end crash, they could be found to be partially or completely at fault. If someone backs into your car, you are also not liable even though it was their rear-end that was damaged. Continue reading “Three Common Car Accident Scenarios and Who Is At Fault”

What to Do After a Truck Accident

You are probably aware that semi-trucks and tankers are among the most dangerous vehicles on the road, but you may not realize just how common these accidents are. There are about 500,000 truck accidents each year in the United States, with 50,000 of those leading to fatalities. Truck accidents can be much more complicated than other auto accident cases. Here’s what you need to know to protect yourself.

Immediately Seek Treatment

Truck accidents are no laughing matter. The truck or tanker is so much larger than your vehicle that you are more likely to be severely injured in these accidents. Make sure that you put your safety as your first priority. Make sure that you are safely away from the scene and have received initial medical treatment right away. Doing so is in your best interest, as your health is important; and the sooner you seek treatment for your injuries, the more likely you will be able to be compensated for all of the associated medical costs. Continue reading “What to Do After a Truck Accident”