The claimant’s medical records are the single most important evidence of damages in a personal injury claim. They contain diagnoses of the patient, the treatment rendered, and what the prognosis (future) will be. These records will form the basis for a claims adjuster or the jury placing a value on your injury. For this reason it is critical that the medical records contain complete and accurate documentation of each of your injuries. It is essential that you let the EMTs, nurses, emergency physician, and your treating physician know about all of your complaints and injuries. It is normal to want to focus on the most severe injury or the most painful part of your body. If you focus on your broken arm and do not say anything about the low back pain you are experiencing, the doctor will not record the fact that you have back pain in his records. Because some injuries go away with time and others grow worse over time it is important to let your health care provider know every complaint you have related to the accident. If you have back pain but don’t think it is important and tell the physician, there will be no evidence that you had this complaint right after the accident. If you wait until the pain gets worse to first tell your physician, a claims adjuster or defense attorney will argue that the low back injury either wasn’t caused by the collision or was trivial because no complaint was given at the time of the collision either to the EMTs, emergency room staff, or your primary care physician.
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