Medical Records to Collect & Keep

Medical Records to Collect & Keep

After you’ve been injured, or a loved one killed, because of the negligence and recklessness of another person, corporation, or property owner, your relevant medical records are critically important.

When it becomes time to file an insurance claim or pursue a personal injury civil lawsuit, documentation of your medical diagnosis, treatment, prognosis, and expenses is necessary in order to calculate and recover monetary damages for your injuries. The more detailed, specific, and comprehensive your medical records are, the greater your chance of winning a fair monetary settlement is.

Extensive Medical Records Are Imperative for Successful Claim Negotiation and Litigation

Your medical records are evidence and should include, if applicable, the following documents and reports:

▪ Ambulance EMT intervention report
▪ Emergency room records
▪ Medical diagnosis and treatment
▪ Prognosis, short- and long-term
▪ A recommended course of treatment
▪ Physician’s notes
▪ Record of treatment pain you experienced
▪ Explanation of your emotional trauma
▪ Physician -predicted necessary future medical treatment
▪ Predicted need for physical and occupational therapy
▪ Copies of all medical bills
▪ Physician -documented future medical bills
▪ Professionally estimated, written future medical bills
▪ Psychiatric or psychology reports
▪ Current and future bills for necessary medical apparatus
▪ In-home nursing care expenses

In the event your loved one has been killed in an accident, the applicable above documentation is also necessary, including the deceased’s funeral expenses.

Keep a Journal for Personal Injury Claims

As you begin your recovery, if you are able, journal how you feel, including your pain and emotional state because of your injuries and trauma. Also, attend all doctor appointments and receive all recommended treatment and rehabilitation. Not following through with these suggestions, may negatively impact your case.

Medical Records Are Evidence for Personal Injury Cases

To win a fair monetary settlement for your injuries and pain and suffering, or to be compensated for a loved one’s wrongful death, every medical document available is necessary to settle an insurance claim or win a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit. The insurance company’s adjustors, medical experts, and attorneys will require your medical records before they will consider settling a claim. Should your damages require pursuit of a personal injury claim in a civil court, the prosecution is entitled to your medical records to assess damages and prepare their case. Of course, your attorney will also need these documents to prepare a vigorous defense on your behalf.

When we meet with you in one of our Shreveport, Bossier City, or Mansfield offices, please bring as many of your records as possible. But if you don’t have all your records and documentation and don’t know how to acquire them, we can help.


Meeting with a Gordon & Gordon attorney is free. And if we agree to work together, we’ll never charge you a penny until we win your case.

To speak personally with one of Gordon & Gordon Law Firm’s experienced Shreveport, Bossier City, or Mansfield personal injury attorneys, call 318.716.HELP (318.716.4357) today.

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Motorcycle Accident Statistics

According to Louisiana State University crash data, for the 5-year period between 2012 and 2016, 433 accidents involved motorcycles- with between 8 and 10% of all fatal auto accidents in Louisiana being strictly from motorcycle accidents. These crashes typically involved persons aged 20 to 29. The highest year for motorcycle accident fatalities in Louisiana was in 2006 with 95 reported deaths, although the number is projected to rise to 97 this year. Louisiana motorcycle accident statistics are impacted in a large part by the number of registered motorcycles. In the 5-year period between 2004 and 2008, the number of reported motorcycles rose steadily from 55,800 to nearly 70,000. This has also caused a steady increase in the number of fatalities simply because of the increase in number of motorcycles on the road.

In the aftermath of a traumatic experience, such as a motorcycle accident involving personal injury or wrongful death, the last thing you need is a lawyer that treats your case like you are just a number. Rest assured that when we take on a case, we give it the individual attention that it deserves, ensuring our clients’ success and well-being after such a tragedy. Contact our motorcycle accident lawyers when you have been involved in any of the following accidents:

  • Head-on or Rear End Collision
  • Drunk or Distracted Driving Accidents
  • Intersection Crashes
  • Multi-Vehicle Accidents

After a motorcycle accident, you may be faced with serious injuries, extensive medical bills, as well as many other hardships. When your financial recovery or health is at stake you should never have to face the uncertainty of the legal landscape alone. At Gordon & Gordon Law Firm, we tackle the complicated claims process for you. We know how to win big in important negotiations and trials alike. We have won millions for our clients in settlements that cover necessary expenses related to the injury, as well as lost wages and damages for personal injury or death.

Don’t trust your future in the hands of just anyone; instead, rely on our motorcycle accident attorneys with over 30 years of experience to find the right solution for you. With our combination of knowledge and compassion for the clients we serve, we are the area’s trusted source for quality legal representation. Call as soon as you are injured in an accident to make sure that all of the necessary evidence and documentation has been handled appropriately, ensuring that nothing will get overlooked.

Let us help you get financial recovery and the measure of justice you deserve. Please call us today to request an appointment with experienced motorcycle accident lawyers Gordon & Gordon. We are proud to serve Shreveport, Bossier & Mansfield, LA, as well as all of the surrounding areas in the Ark-La-Tex!

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