Step 6: Order Medical Bills and Records
Q. WHAT INFORMATION DO YOU NEED TO MAKE A PERSONAL INJURY CLAIM?
A. The core piece of evidence in your injury claim is almost always going to be the medical records and billing for the medical treatment you received.
Q. WHO OBTAINS THE MEDICAL RECORDS AND THE BILLING INFORMATION?
A. Your lawyer will obtain this. In our initial meeting with you, we will have you sign HIPPA compliant medical authorizations – both a broad all-encompassing form and a form specific to the various facilities where you may receive medical treatment. This allows us to move quickly to get records requested as soon as it makes the most sense to do so.
Q. HOW SOON WILL THE MEDICAL RECORDS AND BILLING BE OBTAINED?
A. Some of the medical records and bills can be obtained very shortly after the injury occurs. For instance, records for emergency medical treatment at the scene, and treatment in the emergency room can be requested immediately. However, in almost every case, follow up medical care is required by the primary care physician, a specialist, physical therapist, chiropractic physician, or some other medical provider. Because these types of treatment occur over the course of several weeks or months, requests to these providers are not issued until treatment with one of these providers is complete.