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.
Itemized medical bills are important for getting compensation sufficient to cover your costs. You should have evidence of any out of pocket expenses you paid for, such as copays, coinsurance, or prescription costs. This evidence should be itemized so that it is clear what services you received and how they relate to your accident. You may also need medical records for all providers to back up the medical bills.
If you are still undergoing treatment for your injuries and are expected to continue for some time, such as with physical therapy, you need to have evidence of this required continued treatment. This includes medical records that show why the ongoing treatment is needed, what the ongoing treatment is, and how long the treatment is expected to last.
If you have been injured in an accident of any kind, you should not attempt to navigate the insurance companies and courts alone. Contact us today to learn more about the types of evidence you will need or to schedule a free consultation.