No one ever expects that they’ll have to go to the emergency room. Whether it’s a car accident, a slip, and fall, or a sports injury, visiting the emergency room is never an experience you want to repeat. When you are being cared for in the hospital, there are lots of doctors, nurses, and staff attending to you to ensure your health and safety. Because of all the activities, it’s easy to get confused and overwhelmed with information.
If your injuries were a result of someone else’s negligence or ill will and you plan on pursuing legal action, you’re going to need a few documents that will help your personal injury attorney defend your case.
Here are a few emergency room documents that you’re going to need after a car accident.
MEDICAL RECORDS AND BILLING INFORMATION
Whether you were seriously injured and had to spend a few days in the hospital or you were just checked for preliminary reasons, you need to ensure you received copies of all the medical records and billing information that were related to your stay in the hospital.
You should have records of every phase of your care while in the hospital, including your treatment, diagnoses made, recommended treatments post-hospital, any medications that were prescribed, as well as any other notes that your doctor may have made. These should be made available to you upon your request, but it might take a few days or weeks for this to be processed.
Depending on the seriousness of your injuries, you may also need to find the records for any emergency medical services (from an ambulance or paramedic company), emergency room treatment, and hospital admission.
OTHER DOCUMENTATION NEEDED
If it’s possible, you should also take detailed notes on your injuries and the medical treatments that you receive. If you are unable to write anything down due to your injuries, ask a family member or friend to be with you when a doctor speaks with you in the hospital so that they can take notes.
In addition to writing down anything the doctor says, be sure to keep a journal about the degrees of pain that you are having and save every form of correspondence with any medical professionals (including emails, notes you recorded, and telephone calls with doctors). The more information that you have, the better you and your lawyer can make your case.
Getting into an accident can be life-altering. If you or a loved one has suffered injuries in a crash in Georgia, contact the Fry | Goehring at 404-969-1284. We can help you pursue compensation and understand your rights.