Personal Injury Lawyers Need a Full Understanding of What They Mean
Some of the most critical components of a successful personal injury lawsuit are the medical records – past and present – of the injured person. More often than not, they will be heavily relied upon to prove your case, and substantiate your attorney's position regarding obtaining a fair and reasonable financial settlement for your crash-related injuries.
At the recent annual convention of the Florida Justice Association in June, there were several firms that specialize in helping law firms decipher the complexities of electronic medical records in order to understand how to best utilize them regarding an accident lawsuit. There is a huge amount of information included in a person's medical records, and it takes a great deal of experience and knowing what to look for, (or what may be missing), to build a solid case for an injured client.
Obtaining complete and accurate medical records of an injured client is one of the very first things that happens when we begin to work on a case at Goldberg Noone Abraham. We have staff legal assistants and paralegals who have a thorough knowledge of what to request from a client's medical providers, and how to comprehend the language, medical coding and other intricate details of those records.
Attorney Mike Noone points out the importance of the ability to correctly read and interpret complex medical records when it comes to determining the level of injuries caused by a crash. “The records often hold the key to discovering exactly what has been caused by a crash, and what has not”, he explains. “The defense attorneys and adjusters from the at-fault party's insurance company are going to do everything they can to try to deny liability or refute what the records show, so it's crucial to have a personal injury firm that is familiar and skilled in comprehending the whole scope of a client's medical records”.
Having helped injured persons with their personal injury lawsuits since 2000, the attorneys and support staff at Goldberg Noone Abraham have a thorough understanding of the many intricate medical conditions and diagnosis that a client may have suffered as the result of a car, motorcycle, bicycle or pedestrian accident injury. Our firm also has long-term relationships with many medical experts and doctors who we use to support our theories on what caused a client's injuries, and we often enlist their services on cases where serious and catastrophic injuries are involved.
“While our attorneys and paralegals understand the importance of correctly understanding a client's medical records, we also realize the importance of retaining experts in the medical field to assist us with negotiations, or to testify at a trial”, says Noone. “That knowledge is paramount to building our case on behalf of our client, and working to obtain the appropriate financial compensation they're entitled to”.
Not only will the at-fault party's insurance attorneys be closely scrutinizing your current medical condition as it relates to your injuries, your past medical history and records will also come into play in a personal injury lawsuit.
In their efforts to deny or reduce their exposure to any liability for your injuries, an insurance company will often try to insinuate that your injuries were pre-existing or were caused by an accident you may have had in the past. If you fell down some stairs twenty years ago and broke your knee, the opposing side will likely say that a knee injury caused by a recent car crash was a result of that accident that happened decades ago. Their job is to pay out as little as possible, or completely deny the payment of any claim altogether, so they'll be looking for any way possible to support their position. It's critical to have the support and expertise of a skilled personal injury law firm behind you when you go up against a giant insurance company and their army of lawyers.
How We Can Help with Your Medical Needs
There are a number of ways having the support of an experienced personal injury law firm can benefit you following a crash that you may not be aware of.
Long-Term Care and Rehabilitation: In a lot of cases we handle, the client will end up requiring an extensive treatment plan to help heal from their injuries and put their lives back together. They may need rehabilitative treatment, physical therapy sessions, further surgical procedures or other medical care well into the future. If you accept a check as settlement for your injuries too quickly, you may not be able to receive any more payment for your crash-related injuries. Our job is to anticipate and make a plan for paying for any future care you may need, no matter how long it may take.
Where You Receive Medical Treatment: If you're hurt in an accident, you only have 14 days within which to seek medical care for your pain or injuries in order to take advantage of your Personal Injury Protection, (PIP) insurance coverage. This will allow the initial payments to your providers, but frankly the $10,000 of PIP coverage you're entitled to will not last long. Our firm can guide you in making the decisions about which doctor, chiropractor or other medical provider you see, and of course we handle the coordination of payments to them, accurately tracking and monitoring all invoices and payments, and corresponding with the at-fault party's insurance company regarding your course of treatment.
Once you hire our firm, your worries become our worries. All you need to focus on is getting better.
Economic Damages: Your injuries may leave you unable to work and provide a living for your family. You may have long-term injuries that will prevent you from working for a long period of time, if at all. We work with experts in the economical impact of accident injuries whose job it is to calculate the financial consequences of what you're going through, and we use that information to support our claim for getting you the money you deserve under Florida law.
After nearly 20 years helping accident victims in Southwest Florida, the attorneys, paralegals and support staff at Goldberg Noone Abraham law firm have the experience to properly deal with the aftermath of your crash, and that includes understanding how important your medical records are to your case.
It never costs a penny to hire our firm. We work on a contingency fee basis, which means we earn our fees as a portion of any settlement or jury verdict. In fact, you can always call us at 239-461-5508, or fill out this simple contact form and we'll reach out to you immediately. You're going to have a lot of questions after a crash, and we'll gladly answer your questions without any obligation to hire us.