If you or a loved one have been injured in any type of an accident, having full and accurate medical records is an important part of proving the extent of the injuries. Without them it will be impossible to determine the amount of compensation you may be entitled to under the law. Trying to get your medical records after a personal injury may seem like a daunting task, but if take it step by step you will be able to get the information you need.
How to Successfully Get your Medical Records After a Personal Injury
- Make a list of everywhere you have sought treatment since the injury. This may include doctors, hospitals and clinics.
- We will prepare a letter requesting your medical records and authorizing the doctor/hospital/clinic to release the information. We will need to include your full name and contact information as found on your Health Card.
- We will tell your doctor or the hospital/clinic exactly what types of reports we would like to have copied. We will ask for treatment notes, discharge notes, letters, lab reports, X-ray reports, correspondence, and any other relevant reports and information concerning your injury.
- It can be helpful for the doctor or hospital if we identify a specific date or date range for the records we would like included, and we will only request a specific period so that not all records are provided.
Fees for Providing Medical Records
If the doctor or hospital charges a fee for retrieving and copying the records, we will pay this before the records will be released. It will likely be based on the number of pages to be copied, which is why we are better off specifying a date range for the records we want, rather than having the entire file copied.
We will keep a copy of the receipts that it can be submitted to your ins