What Records Are Needed for a Medical Malpractice Claim?

What Records Are Needed for a Medical Malpractice Claim?

If you are attempting to file a medical malpractice claim, you will need a strong case that demonstrates the fault of the doctors who harmed you or your loved one. It is crucial to save all documentation you have acquired throughout the course of treatment: Medical records, bills and receipts, and photographs are all important pieces of evidence that can help your case.

Medical Records

Medical records are arguably the most important type of evidence in a medical malpractice claim. Your medical records will show the reason you initially visited the doctor, the treatment that was administered, and any injuries that resulted. If the malpractice caused a death and you are filing a claim on the behalf of a loved one, you should save any records related to the wrongful death.

In addition to official medical records and/or a death certificate, you should also have documentation of any communication you have had with the doctor. This may include voicemails, printed notices, email correspondence — anything that is a record of your interactions with the medical professionals in question could be used in your case.

Medical Bills and Other Evidence of Expenses

One of the purposes of filing a medical malpractice claim is to recover from the financial impact of an injury. To help you receive sufficient compensation for those damages, you need to prove how the incident harmed you financially.

You should save financial records including:

  • Medical bills
  • Insurance documents
  • Pharmacy receipts
  • Records of transportation costs

Photographs

Photographic evidence that shows the progression of your injuries can be helpful in a medical malpractice case. If you are able to show your injuries through pictures, take photos frequently to provide physical examples of the damage.

Recovering records can be a complicated process. You may require special permissions to access some of the items you will need, such as government documents or phone records. Pierce, Sloan, Wilson Kennedy & Early LLC can help you build your case.

To discover your options in the wake of a medical malpractice incident, schedule a free consultation with our attorneys. We can be reached through our contact form or by calling (843) 968-0886.
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