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Importance of Hospital Records in Your Auto Crash Claim


What evidence is critical when you are seeking compensation after a motor vehicle collision? The importance of certain forms of evidence will depend in part on the specific details of your case, but medical records are always a critical component when you are seeking compensation after an auto injury. According to a recent report in Medical Xpress, a new study suggests that medical records may even be more crucial in traffic collision claims than police reports since they tend to contain more details and information that can support an injured person’s claim. Our Shreveport auto injury lawyers can tell you more.

New Study Addresses Importance of Medical Records 

The report discusses a new study published in the peer-reviewed journal Accident Analysis & Prevention. That study “highlights the superior role of hospital data over police records, particularly in identifying marginalized and vulnerable road users.” The descriptor “vulnerable road users” refers to pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorcyclists, and looks specifically at people in those categories who are children under the age of seven and older adults who rely on mobility devices.

The analysis found that hospital records were significantly more detailed than police records, and it suggests that hospital records may help to eradicate some of the biases that can occur in police reports and other forms of reporting.

Proving Liability in a Traffic Collision in Shreveport 

Beyond hospital records, your auto collision lawyer will also consider many other forms of evidence that will help to support your claim and to prove the defendant’s liability in the crash that caused your injuries. Although the recent study suggests that police reports might not always be as useful as hospital data, as we discussed above, police reports can still be extremely helpful in supporting personal injury claims. We want to be clear that, when it comes to medical records and police reports, our firm retrieves these for you — you do not need to take any extra steps when you are working with our lawyers to obtain these critical documents.

Beyond medical records and police reports, other supporting evidence will depend on the facts of your case and may include, for example:

  • Cell phone data if your injuries occurred in a distracted driving crash;
  • Breathalyzer or chemical test results if your injuries resulted from a drunk driving collision;
  • Witness statements;
  • Photographs and video were recorded and captured at the scene of the crash; and
  • Accident reconstruction reports.

In addition to obtaining your medical records and any relevant police reports, our auto collision lawyers will analyze your case to determine the evidence that is necessary to support your claim and will assist you in obtaining and presenting that evidence in your claim.

Contact Our Shreveport Auto Injury Attorneys Today 

When a motor vehicle collision results from another party’s careless or reckless driving, it is critical to get in touch with an experienced Shreveport auto collision lawyer at Rice & Kendig, LLC who can help you file a claim. We will obtain your medical records and gather other critical evidence to support your case and to help you seek the compensation you deserve. Contact us today to find out more about the personal injury services we provide to individuals and their families in Louisiana.




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