What Medical Evidence Is Used in Colorado Car Accident Lawsuits?

Key medical evidence in a Colorado auto accident injury case

If you have ever been in a serious car accident or know someone who has, then you understand just how devastating the injuries resulting from such a crash can be. When such catastrophes happen, the losses to those involved can begin to mount quickly, prompting the initiation of a lawsuit for the purpose of obtaining financial compensation.

Because car accident claims generally proceed on the basis of “negligence,” it is necessary for victims to prove – with a strong degree of certainty – the monetary value of their injuries or damages.

If you or a loved one have recently been in an accident, we recommend reviewing the types of medical evidence listed below that are likely to prove pivotal in securing maximum recovery in your auto accident settlement negotiation with an insurance carrier or during trial.

For additional questions, consult a qualified car accident attorney like Mack Babcock.

Importance of Documenting Medical Expenses

In the immediate aftermath of a car accident, it is critical for victims to receive all necessary medical testing, care and treatment as prescribed by a doctor. Failure to do so can substantially detract from their ability to establish recoverable damages down the road in a lawsuit.

Assemble all documentary proof of treatment received, conditions diagnosed and future rehabilitation required. Medical evidence is the cornerstone of a successful car accident claim, and building a foundation for the dollar amount sought is an important step.

Types of Medical Evidence

The most valuable forms of medical evidence in a case of this nature will depend on the specific facts at hand. However, some of the most common kinds of proof utilized by car accident injury plaintiffs include:

  • Official medical charts from any hospitalization
  • Emergency room treatment notes
  • Diagnostic imaging (X-rays, CAT scans, PET scans, MRIs, etc.)
  • Laboratory test results
  • Formal reports of diagnosis
  • A physician's written opinions regarding future prognosis
  • Physical therapist's notes
  • Prescription records
  • List of office visits and therapy appointments attended or scheduled

In many cases, a car accident plaintiff will need to establish the estimated monetary cost of medical care in the future due to long-term injuries suffered in the crash. This may require the testimony of medical experts who can explain the victim's degree of ongoing disability, prospects for full or partial recovery and their likely need for additional or continued medical care.

Hire a Car Accident Attorney to Help

Because it can be a herculean task for the victim of a serious car crash to effectively gather, organize and evaluate medical records and other evidence yielded in the days, weeks and months following an accident, the assistance of an experienced and knowledgeable personal injury law firm like the Babcock Law Firm can prove invaluable during this difficult time. Not only can our legal team help collect the documents and testimony required to prove damages, we can enlist the aid of expert witnesses capable of demonstrating the future losses almost certain to accumulate.

The unfortunate fact of the matter is that even if negligence or fault in an auto accident is obvious to all, there may be substantially less financial recovery without concrete evidence of medical damages. This is why crash victims and their families must exercise real diligence when it comes to collecting medical records and seek legal representation that improves their odds of receiving the positive outcome they desire.

Have you recently been injured in a serious Colorado car accident? Denver personal injury attorney Mack Babcock is ready to help. Contact us today for a free consultation.

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