The most important thing you can do after you’ve been in a car accident is to get medical treatment. Getting healthy should always be your number one priority. After that, your concern should shift to investigating and pursuing your claim.
After you’ve received medical treatment, you will need to get your medical records. The cost of your medical treatment, the diagnosis of your ailments, and the records that support that are going to be a driving factor in the value of your case.
If you are the driver and you have been injured, then acquiring your medical records is simply a matter of going to each medical treatment provider and making the request. The request may be done in writing or in person, but the procedure will ultimately depend on each provider. So for example, your chiropractor may only need you to stop by the office, but the emergency room records may require a written request, faxed into a particular department.
Almost all medical providers will charge a fee for medical records. This charge represents retrieval and copy costs, in order to provide you with the medical records. Please keep in mind that in some instances, such as if you have undergone prolonged treatment that there may be a large amount of records. Therefore, the retrieval fee may be larger.
If you or a loved one have been injured in a car accident, and you are unsure of how to acquire the medical records, then please, feel free to call and speak to one of our experienced Atlanta personal injury lawyers today. We can help you get the medical records at no up-front cost to you.