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Medical Records and your Lawsuit

If you have been injured in an accident caused by another person’s negligence, you may file a personal injury claim against the responsible person to get reimbursed for your injuries.  Compensation may include reimbursement for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.  It is always important that you seek the appropriate medical diagnosis and treatment for your injuries, so that you may get back to your normal life as soon as possible.  However, it is also important for you to get proper medical care so that all of your injuries, symptoms, and treatments will be recorded in your medical files.  Medical files are extremely important to personal injury cases, and an experienced Coweta County PI attorney can help you obtain your records and use them to benefit your case.

 

Every patient in Georgia has a right to obtain their medical records under the law.  The very limited exception to this law is if the medical provider believes viewing the medical records would be detrimental to the mental or physical health of the patient.  However, under most circumstances, you can get your records with a written request and a small fee.

 

Medical records can be used to show the following in a personal injury lawsuit:

 

  • Diagnosis of all injuries
  • Extent and severity of injuries
  • All medical treatments provided and the respective costs
  • Time it took for your injuries to heal
  • Medication and medical equipment you required
  • Pain and suffering you experienced
  • The extent of rehabilitation you required
  • Any diagnosis of permanent disability

Contact a Fayette County personal injury attorney for a free consultation

If you have been injured in an accident, it is extremely important that you are represented by a knowledgeable personal injury lawyer who knows how to use your medical records appropriately so you receive a fair settlement.  You should not hesitate to call the Law Offices of Shane Smith today at (770) 487-8999 to schedule a free consultation.


Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia