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Getting hurt in a car accident is an overwhelming, stressful experience and, unfortunately, it happens quite often around South Florida. According to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV) Crash Dashboard, there have already been 76,269 motor vehicle collisions so far in Broward, Miami-Dade, and Palm Beach Counties in 2020. More than 27,000 people were hurt in these auto accidents, most of whom required medical care for minor, serious, or catastrophic injuries. 

Getting treatment after an auto crash is definitely a priority for many reasons, but you support both your health and your legal rights when you ask your doctor the right questions about your care. A Miami car accidents lawyer can explain in more detail about the following questions and answers:

  1. What is the extent of my injuries? Your doctor is the expert on medical issues, but you should at least get an overview of the nature and severity of your injuries. If you broke a bone in your arm or leg, make sure you know exactly which one. For back injuries, ask about the vertebrae that sustained trauma.

bill-oxford-8u_2imJaVQs-unsplash-copy-200x300When you are hurt in an accident and want to seek compensation from the responsible person or entity, you will typically file a claim under an auto, business, property, or other insurance policy. Because the nature of your injuries is a key factor in getting monetary damages, you can expect that the insurer will want to see your medical records. On its face, this does not seem like an unreasonable request, so you may think there is nothing wrong with providing them. 

However, the exact opposite is usually true. You could be making a huge mistake that has extensive, negative implications for your rights. Instead of discussing the issue with the insurance company directly, you should trust a Miami personal injury attorney to deal with an adjuster. After reviewing the information below, you will understand why.

Reasons You May be Asked to Provide Medical Records

As experienced Miami personal injury attorneys, we have handled dozens of serious personal injury cases including car accidents, truck accidents, cruise ship injuries, and accidents resulting in wrongful death. Unfortunately, not every case is resolved favourably for our clients and some clients have weakened their cases with self-inflicted wounds. Below are some preventable mistakes that can torpedo your personal injury claim.

Failing to Get Medical Treatment

A major mistake one can make is ignoring an injury and not going to the doctor. If the nature of the injury seems minor or the true nature of the injury is not readily visible, some people choose to “tough it out” and not seek immediate medical attention. This gives the insurance company the basis to argue that you were not really hurt that badly and that you only eventually got treatment so you could sue the negligent party. Don’t give the insurance company this ammunition. After a serious accident, go to the hospital or visit your primary care physician. It is better to be safe than sorry.

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