What Medical Documentation Do You Need to Prove Your Claim?

If you have sustained injuries due to someone else’s negligence, you have the right to pursue compensation for your losses. However, as the plaintiff, you also carry the burden of proof, which means you must present evidence that the at-fault party’s actions directly resulted in your injuries. This is one reason why hiring an experienced attorney can greatly increase the success of your claim.

Our highly qualified legal team employs numerous resources to communicate our clients’ losses and obtain the maximum compensation available for their claims. From highly credible expert witnesses to graphic storyboards and micro-documentaries, we get to the heart of every claim. Your medical documentation also significantly advances your position. Our legal team may help you obtain the necessary information to build a strong claim.

5 Medical Documents You Need to Prove Your Claim in California

Medical documentation is one the most important pieces of evidence in a personal injury claim, as it provides proof of your injuries and their potential causes. It may also establish that you did not have a history of injuries before the accident. Some of the most essential pieces of medical documentation you need to prove your claim include the following:

Emergency Room and Doctor Reports

After your accident, you should seek medical attention in the emergency room or from your doctor so they may assess your injuries and develop a treatment plan. All the information from these visits goes into your medical records. These records include your diagnoses and detailed notes from your doctors. We may help you gather every relevant piece of medical information to build the strongest claim possible.

Bills and Treatment Records

To calculate your claim’s worth and prove your injuries resulted in damages, you should keep track of your medical bills, including any treatment costs. With these documents, you may receive compensation for the following:

  • Surgery costs
  • Ambulance ride fees
  • Prescribed medications
  • Blood work
  • Doctor’s appointments
  • Rehabilitation
  • Diagnostic images

Medical bills should have a line-by-line breakdown of every cost, which you may request from your doctor’s office. This makes calculating your damages much easier.

Reports from Specialists

When recovering from your injuries, you may see specialists like chiropractors and therapists. Like doctors, these specialists keep your bills and feedback in your records. These documents show further economic and non-economic damages you suffered because of your injuries, which helping to achieve the compensation you deserve.

Photos of Your Injuries

When building your claim, you want to present as much evidence of your injuries and their connection to the accident as possible. This includes photographic proof of your injuries right after the accident and throughout the recovery process. You may also write down your experience with your injury, how you feel, and feedback from your doctors. This may help determine non-economic damages, like pain and suffering and emotional distress.

Out-of-Pocket Expenses

During the recovery and treatment process, you often accumulate several out-of-pocket expenses you have to pay, which you also should continuously log and track. These expenses may include:

  • Rides to and from doctor appointments
  • Medications
  • Medical record requests
  • Medical devices

You may be able to include these costs as part of your damages.

Schedule a Free Consultation With a Skilled California Personal Injury Lawyer at Eric Ratinoff Law Corp. Today

The aftermath of suffering injuries due to someone else’s negligence may be overwhelming. Fortunately, you do not have to go through the legal process alone. Our experienced legal team at Eric Ratinoff Law Corp. is here to help. We take the paperwork and insurance adjusters off your plate so you can focus on the most important thing: healing.

Attorney Eric Ratinoff has provided outstanding legal representation for over 30 years. Our unmatched attorneys achieve compensation for your injuries and connect you with the resources and care you need to recover. Our goal in every case is to recover maximum compensation on our clients’ behalf and hold the other party accountable for their careless actions. We have the skills, experience, and resources to fight for you and build a strong claim. To schedule a free consultation, fill out our contact form or call (916) 970-9100.