Do You Need to Show Medical Records in a New York Personal Injury Claim?

If you are hurt in a New York car accident, you may wish to file a personal injury claim. This can be beneficial because it allows you to receive monetary compensation that you are entitled to for injuries, including your emergency medical treatment, future medical care, lost earnings due to being unable to go to work, and emotional pain and suffering. Common types of injuries we see in New York car accidents include:

  • Whiplash injuries
  • Traumatic Brain injuries and concussions
  • Broken bones
  • Internal bleeding
  • Herniated disks
  • Burn injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries and paralysis
  • Knee trauma.

If you were injured in a car accident, seeking medical attention is essential, both for your health and well-being and for documenting the injury and your pain. If you do not go to the doctor, it will be difficult to establish that you were injured. Your medical provider visit establishes the link between the accident and your need for care.

Releasing Medical Records for a Claim 

When you decide to hire a lawyer to handle your claim, he or she will ask you to release your medical records. This will involve signing a Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) form and then sending to your various medical providers.  This can be unsettling to those who wish to protect their right to privacy. However, it may be both necessary and beneficial to release your medical record seasons:

  • It can help both sides understand the severity of your injuries;
  • It can allow medical experts to evaluate your injury and confirm the cause and severity;
  • It can allow your lawyer and experts to calculate damages for compensation;.
  • It can establish pre-existing injuries you had (that were made worse) or establish that you had no pre-existing injuries.

Getting Legal Help In New York 

New York personal injury attorney Michael J. Redenburg understands that personal injury victims have rights to privacy, especially concerning their own medical histories. We are here to answer your questions and explain your legal rights and options in a personal injury claim.