Personal injury cases, such as work injury or medical malpractice, are some of the most common legal actions taken in the United States. Nearly 2.9 million workplace illnesses and injuries were reported in 2015. Unfortunately, some of these personal injury cases may not see justice because of detrimental mistakes in their medical records.
Medical records that omit information or have misleading information can create problems in the court of law even if you have a skilled personal injury lawyer. For this reason, it’s important that you are aware of the possible problems that may happen in your medical records and what you should do should a problem occur.
Common problems found in medical records
Many medical record problems or inconsistencies occur when you’re given treatment in the emergency room or when your doctor is between appointments. If you’re unconscious during treatment or in too much pain to provide accurate information, medical professionals may not record all injuries you may have sustained from your accident.
Additionally, the doctor may record how you came to have your injury, but not the specifics. Medical records can contain small mistakes when the doctor is seeing you between patients and records their notes later in the day.
Tips for ensuring accuracy in your medical records
While it’s important to consult with your personal injury lawyer the details of your medical records’ mistakes, it’s also important that you take a proactive approach with your medical professionals. Tell your medical professionals exactly what hurts during your visits even if the concern is minor.
Minor concerns may turn into major concerns later and it’s better to have them on record than not at all. After you’ve seen your medical professional, ask to review your chart. This will give you a first-hand account of what has been written down and what needs to be changed. You’ll also be able to catch any mistakes before they’re recorded in final form and brought into the court of law.
Mistakes made on your medical records can be detrimental to your court case. Misinformation can make the judge or court doubtful of your injuries and can very well cause you to lose your case. Consult your personal injury lawyer for legal advice if you find a mistake on your medical records in order to address the problem as soon as possible.
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