A motorcycle crash can leave you with devastating injuries as well as a number of bills and financial losses. Many motorcycle riders involved in accidents suffer traumatic brain injuries, broken bones, road rash, and other serious injuries. In addition to being owed compensation for their medical bills and injuries, they are entitled to be paid for their pain and suffering and property damage. To get the compensation you’re owed, you’ll want to make sure your insurance claim is supported by solid evidence. One of the best ways to strengthen your claim is to gather your medical records.
But what medical records do you need? And how do you go about getting them? Zanes Law has the answers you need to prove to insurers that you deserve a fair settlement for your accident-related injuries. So let’s learn more about what medical records you need after a motorcycle accident.
There are several types of medical records you’ll want to get copies of after a bike crash. Make sure you provide your personal injury lawyer with the following records as soon as you can:
Your emergency room records are one of the most important medical records you need after a motorcycle accident. These records will provide crucial details about the severity of your injuries and the medical treatment you received immediately following the collision.
Be sure to request a copy of these records from the hospital or medical facility where you received treatment.
If you underwent any surgical procedures to treat your injuries, obtaining records of your surgery is crucial. They will provide details on the type of surgery you received, the date it was performed, and any complications or follow-up care you received.
Having these records on hand can help your attorney get the compensation you need to pay your surgery bills.
The records you receive from your doctor should include detailed information about your motorcycle accident injuries, including a treatment plan outlining the steps you need to take to fully recover.
This plan may include appointments with specialists, physical therapy, or other forms of rehabilitation. Being able to show these records to the insurance company or jury will help your attorney prove that you require compensation for the treatments you’ve received and any ongoing medical care you need.
Many motorcycle accident victims require rehabilitative therapy to recover from their injuries. If that’s the case for you, giving your attorney any records, bills, or receipts related to your physical therapy sessions can help them secure the payment you need to cover your rehabilitation expenses.
In addition to your accident-related medical records, it’s important to provide your attorney with records of any associated injuries or conditions you may have suffered in the past. This could include records of hospital visits, X-rays, or M.R.I. scans.
Learning more about your medical history will help your attorney understand how your accident-related injuries may have worsened your pre-existing conditions. Based on the information you provide, they’ll decide if including past medical records in your claim is appropriate.
It’s also important to keep a record of any out-of-pocket medical costs you’ve incurred due to your motorcycle accident. This includes expenses for prescription medication, assistive devices, and any other medical supplies you may need.
These costs can add up quickly, so including them in your motorcycle accident claim is important. Hold on to the bills for any additional medical costs and hand them over to your attorney so they can get you the compensation you deserve.
If you’ve sought mental health counseling for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, or emotional distress caused by your accident, your attorney can use records from your counseling sessions to help secure damages.
These records can demonstrate the severity of your emotional trauma and help your attorney pursue non-economic damages like emotional distress and diminished quality of life. Remember to provide your attorney with your counseling records so you can get the non-economic damages you’re owed.
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Once you’ve given copies of your medical records and bills to your attorney, they can use them to build a strong claim on your behalf. Once they’ve filed your claim with the guilty party’s insurance company, they can refer to your medical records during insurance negotiations to ensure you receive a fair settlement.
If your claim is denied and you have to pursue damages via a lawsuit, your attorney can present your medical records to the jury to show them how your injuries impacted your finances, ability to work, and your life in general.
Whether your lawyer seeks compensation through an insurance claim or a lawsuit, having your medical records and invoices will help them secure the following damages:
Collecting relevant medical records and giving them to your lawyer as soon as possible will help them comply with Arizona’s statute of limitations for motorcycle accidents. According to A.R.S. § 12-542, your attorney has two years from the date of the crash to submit a civil suit against the at-fault driver.
If your suit is filed after the state’s filing deadline, it likely will be dismissed, leaving you uncompensated for your injuries, pain, and losses. Contacting an attorney ASAP and giving them the records they need to file a successful claim will dramatically increase your chances of receiving fair compensation.
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Now that you know what medical records you need after a motorcycle accident, you can provide your Phoenix motorcycle accident lawyer with the documents and bills they need to build a strong claim. To meet with a lawyer and get started on your motorcycle accident case, contact the Phoenix motorcycle accident attorneys at Zanes Law.
A lawyer from our team can meet with you for a free consultation where they’ll ask you about your accident, discuss the medical treatment you received, and determine if you have a valid claim. Our law firm looks forward to hearing from you and fighting for the justice and compensation you deserve.
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