Failure to act with reasonable care is considered negligence. When you are injured because of someone's negligence, such as in an auto or motorcycle collision, you may file a personal injury claim asking the negligent party to repay you for the damages you suffer. Damages may include medical expenses, lost wages, and compensation for pain and suffering. Deciding on the amount of your damages can be difficult, especially if you'll need treatment in the future. Medical records and examinations can help with that process by revealing the extent of the injury, as well as any ongoing conditions or problems resulting from the injury.
The main source of information regarding your injuries and damages is your medical records. Records from the hospital, doctor's office, physical therapist, chiropractor, and other providers can show what injuries you suffered, how much pain you experienced, what treatment was given, and how the injury affected and will continue to affect your life. Be sure to seek medical help immediately after any injury. Earlier medical records can show your condition before the injury, including previous injuries that might have affected the same part of your body.
Personal injury law is complicated and every case is unique. If you, a family member, friend, neighbor, or co-worker has been in an auto collision and need legal advice, give us a call at 253.858.5434 for a free initial consultation.