Medical records are an important piece of evidence when it comes to personal injury claims. They are a record of your injuries. They can be used to establish the cause of your injuries as well as the extent of your injuries. They are vital when determining the amount you should receive as compensation.
Sharing Information with Insurance Companies
You may be approached by an insurance adjuster and requested to submit your medical records. This may seem like an innocent request. However, it is far from it. In fact, the insurance company can easily use the information in your medical records against you. It is therefore important to consult with your attorney before sharing this information with the insurance company.
This is important even if you are confident that your medical records will show that your injuries were caused by the accident. You can never tell how the insurance company will distort the information in your records in an effort to deny liability or reduce the amount of any settlement. You may be tempted to hand over your medical records as a gesture of good faith only to find that the action actually harms your chances of recovering compensation for the injuries.
Why Having a Personal Injury Attorney Will Help
Hiring a personal injury attorney to handle your case will ensure:
- That the pressure is relieved. You will no longer have to deal with the insurance adjuster and any bully tactics the insurance company may resort to. All communication will be made through your attorney. This will greatly ease stress and ensure that you can concentrate on healing from your injuries.
- That you share only that information that is necessary. An experienced attorney knows the difference between information that can be used to destroy your case and that which the insurance company may use only to scare you into settling for less. They will help you determine what information to share and what information is non-essential.
- You get the compensation you deserve in a timely manner. Hiring a lawyer can help to expedite the claims process. You will avoid the back and forth and ensure that you get the compensation that you deserve.
It is important to seek the services of an experienced attorney even when you think your case is a simple one. This will help to ensure that you avoid settling for less than you ought to. It will also help you avoid jeopardizing your chances of receiving any compensation. Please call us today for a free claim evaluation.