For accident and injury victims, the days and months – sometimes even years – following a motorcycle collision or severe car crash are often consumed by medical treatment. From an initial visit to the emergency room, to appointments with primary care physicians, consults with specialists, perhaps a surgery or a cast or brace, not to mention the hours spent in physical therapy and occupational therapy, the receipt of ongoing medical treatment becomes a fact of life. As injury victims receive their treatment, the medical records that document the cause, diagnosis, status, and treatment of their injuries become critically important evidence. A medical provider’s bills also help to objectively demonstrate certain categories of damages incurred by an injury victim.
Specifically, medical records may help to establish that the injury victim was injured through no fault of his/her own. The records can also provide critical information regarding the status and extent of physical, mental and emotional injuries incurred, as well as the long-term effects those injuries may have. In evaluating personal injury claims, insurance companies place great weight on those records, which are generally considered to be prepared by objective medical providers. They study the records in great detail to look for causes of the injuries sustained, but also to uncover pre-existing conditions, prior injuries and compliance with prescribed medical care. Insurance companies also review the associated medical bills to assess and evaluate the cost of the medical care received.
Typically, the law protects against the disclosure of information concerning someone’s medical condition. However, when injury victims pursue compensation for their injuries sustained from the fault of another driver, the injured party deemed to place their medical condition at issue. As a result, the disclosure of medical records regarding their medical conditions is necessary in order to pursue their NH personal injury claims. In helping injury victims pursue their claims – whether with insurance companies or in court – the personal injury attorneys and paralegals at Tenn And Tenn, P.A. collect, assemble, and analyze injury victims’ medical records and bills. Often, accident victims obtain treatment from multiple medical providers and have thousands of pages of information concerning their medical treatment and condition. All of this paperwork and electronic files can become overwhelming and confusing. Which note goes with which physician during which visit? Which treatment is on which bill? The personal injury attorneys at Tenn And Tenn have spent the last 20 years helping people who have been involved in serious motor vehicles collisions. Our injury lawyers help victims streamline the collection of such information and use the records and bills as critical components in their negotiations with insurance companies and as evidence in court. If you have been seriously injured in a NH motorcycle or car accident, the dates of your treatment, types of treatment you received, and the extent of your treatment – all of which will be reflected in your medical records – will be a critical component of your claim.
If you have been injured through no fault of your own, contact the Manchester personal injury attorneys at Tenn And Tenn, P.A. for a free telephone consultation.