If you been seriously injured in some type of a motor vehicle accident in Connecticut then there are certain things that you can be doing to increase the value of your case. Motor vehicle accidents and fatalities continue to be an ongoing epidemic in our country. According to the National Safety Council, more than 4 1/2 million people required medical attention for injuries suffered in a motor vehicle accident last year. As if this figure isn't alarming enough, the NSC also reported that 40,000 people died in motor vehicle crashes in 2016. This is the highest figure our country has had in nine years. This staggering number is a 6% increase from the previous year, and a 14% increase over 2014. This 14% spike is the largest two-year increase in 53 years.
The unfortunate truth is this: car accidents occur on a daily basis. Although it is a difficult subject to think about, it is important to know what you should do in the unfortunate event that you are injured in a car accident. First and foremost, if you are injured, it is imperative that you seek immediate medical attention for your injuries. It would be best to be transported from the accident site, by ambulance, to the nearest hospital. It might surprise you to learn how important your medical records are when it comes to building value in your motor vehicle accident case.
Although medical records contain personal and sensitive information, they can help you to obtain more money for your case. As you receive medical care and treatment, proper documentation of your injuries is important in order to show the damaging effects your accident had on your daily life. Ultimately, your medical records will show the pain, suffering, restrictions, limitations and other challenges which you have endured.
At some point during your car accident case, while receiving treatment for your injuries, your doctor will ask you a number of questions. All of your responses will be recorded and added to your medical records. These records will eventually be presented to the insurance company of the at fault party. just you will want to provide your doctor with very detailed information about your medical situation and her accident related injuries because it is one of the best ways that your doctor can determine what is wrong with you so a proper plan can be devised for your future care and treatment and this information, once recorded in your medical records, will help to increase the value of your case.
When your doctor is questioning you, you must tell the doctor what is bothering you. It is important that you accurately describe your injuries to your doctor, which may include:
- Any pain complaints.
- The type of pain you are experiencing (dull or aching).
- The restrictions that you feel.
- If the pain radiates into other body parts.
- How frequently you experience pain.
- What time of day you experience pain.
The more detailed your medical records are, the easier it is for your attorney to get you money for your car accident case. So when your doctor asks you what injuries you sustained as a result of your accident, you should be very specific in describing the type of pain, the location of the pain, the intensity levels of the pain, and the frequency of the pain. Is it a sharp pain, a stabbing pain, a burning pain, or some other pain? Does this pain radiate from one part of your body to another? Do you experience electrical impulses, numbness or a tingling sensation? Do you experience these pains after certain activities and if so which ones? Does it affect your activities of daily life and if so how?
Your medical records will help you if it properly describes the pain, problems, and restrictions you are dealing with as a result of the injuries you sustained in your car accident. Having thorough and detailed medical records is a great way to build more value into your case. One great piece of advice is to prepare a list of your problems in advance, before meeting with your doctor. This will facilitate talking with your doctor about all of your pain and challenges, leading to you having thorough and complete records.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a Connecticut car accident, and you are unsure on if you have a case, you can find out now by taking this quick quiz. You can also get free expert legal advice from our Connecticut car accident lawyers by calling our team at 888-244-5480. Call us today and schedule a free consultation with one of our dedicated Connecticut car accident lawyers. Let our team take care of you, so you can focus on getting better!