As one of the top-rated personal injury law firms in the Seattle area, we get a lot of phone calls and online inquiries from injured victims wishing to pursue a personal injury case. As a result, we find that a lot of people are missing one important factor when it comes to taking the next step to recovering from your injuries and being compensated for your damages.
Medical Records are Evidence
If you have ever seen a crime drama on television before, you know that all cases that go to court need physical evidence to prove a specific outcome. In a personal injury claim, the physical evidence that your case relies on is the medical records that document your injuries and damages. Another important aspect of your evidence is the police report that shows another person or entity was at fault for your injuries.
Without a police report indicating that you are a victim of another person’s negligence and the accompanying medical records detailing the extent of your injuries, there is little physical evidence to support your personal injury claim. Unfortunately, it is quite common that an injured person does not have the necessary evidence to continue pursuing a claim. And while the victim may have suffered from serious injuries as a result of the negligence of another, they may have prevented themselves from recovering any compensation by failing to document the extent of their injuries.
Don’t Skip Medical Treatment
In many personal injury cases, the injured person will decide to “tough it out” and forgo any necessary medical treatment. This can be for a number of reasons, but one of the most common is the cost associated with a hospital visit. After all, even an ambulance ride can cost several hundred dollars.
But while the resulting medical bill might be a daunting figure for an injured victim, it is extremely important for someone in that position to be evaluated by a licensed medical professional. If you wish to hire a personal injury lawyer and do not have medical evidence showing how injured you were, it will be very difficult for the attorney to demand a financial recovery from the insurance company.
So if you are injured in an accident and have the option of making the trip to the hospital, consider the potential impact it can have on your injury claim. If you were in a fender bender and only suffered from minor bruising or stiffness, a trip to the emergency room may not be a realistic solution for you and you may only be looking into a property damage claim.
However, if your injuries are serious and you may require future care in order to recover from the accident, it is extremely important to have yourself evaluated by a licensed medical professional so that you have physical evidence proving the extent of your injuries. Doing so will make your case much easier for a lawyer to pursue and increase the chances of a successful recovery on your behalf.