When filing a medical malpractice claim, you will have to share medical documents with your attorney. As your attorney prepares your case, he will need all the relevant information in order to prove that your health care provider was being negligent. Your documents can help provide a story of what happened and why, making the situation easier to understand for both your attorney and the court. It will also help your attorney predict how the case will go and help him identify exactly when the negligence occurred. There are many different documents your attorney will need, and providing them to him at the start will make the process move faster.
It is very important that your attorney has access to these records. They could provide major evidence in a malpractice case. Medical records include more than the diagnoses and treatments you received; they also include the notes of doctors and nurses. These notes can help prove exactly what type of care you were provided, and may help in a negligence claim.
Mental Health Records
Even if you don’t think your mental health treatment is related to your case, you will need to show these records to your attorney. Your attorney might see a relationship that you don’t, or might be able to anticipate how these records will be used against you by the defendant.
Your attorney will also want to see any prescription information. This includes types of medicine you were taking as well as the dosage. In a negligence case, you will have to show that the illness was caused by the negligent action itself, and so you will need to show that medication was the not the actual cause.
This information will tell your attorney what type of treatment you were entitled to and will also explain how your insurance company’s policy will affect the malpractice suit.
Hospital Invoices and Bills
When arguing this case, your attorney will need to know exactly how much you and your insurer paid for your medical treatment. Invoices will quickly provide this type of information.
Evidence of Lost Wages
If the negligence of the healthcare provider contributed to an illness, increased hospitalization, or serious injury, it is possible that lost wages are part of your damages. Insurance companies will sometimes cover lost wages, but in many cases your lawyer will need to get this compensation from the healthcare provider itself. According to FindLaw.com, you can demonstrate lost wages by showing the difference between your paystubs from before the incident and afterwards.
Share Everything with Your Attorney
Even if information is private and embarrassing, and especially if information will hurt your case, you must share it with your attorney. The defendant will request all of this information and will study it before the trial begins. Your attorney must be aware of the weaknesses in your claim, so that he can prepare for them. Our attorneys at Bighorn Law are experienced malpractice lawyers. We can help you get the compensation you deserve and will always respect your privacy when reviewing your medical documents.