How does your personal injury attorney prove your personal injury?

You may be wondering what a personal injury attorney will need from you to help prove your case, and if there is something you should be doing to build the best possible case. From the moment of your personal injury, there are many things you can do to make sure that evidence exists to support your personal injury lawsuit.

Your personal injury attorney will interview you to determine every healthcare provider you have consulted or treated with as a result of your claimed injuries. The important of medical and/or psychiatric treatment cannot be over-emphasized. Without medical treatment, the only evidence as to your personal injury is your own testimony. Judges and juries find doctors more credible than personal injury plaintiffs as to the nature and extent of claimed injuries.

One of the first things a personal injury attorney does after an initial client interview is request and review all potentially relevant medical records. Your personal injury attorney may refer you to a doctor or specialist if you are not treating so you can start documenting your injuries. If you have copies of any medical records, offer to bring them with you to your first meeting with a personal injury attorney.

Your medical records will include doctor’s notes, diagnostic test results, evidence of treatment ordered such as surgical procedures, prescriptions, physical therapy, etc. The records will also contain information about whether you follow doctor’s orders, so be sure to comply with every aspect of your treatment.