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The importance of keeping your medical records

Keeping records is one of the best things you can do as a victim of medical malpractice. If something goes wrong during the course of your treatment, there are a range of parties that could be at fault, including medical providers, device manufacturers, pharmaceutical companies and other entities involved in your care.

Proving your case can rely on having records of the care you received and mistakes that may have been made. But what exactly should you keep?

Any and all records can be beneficial, however among the most important are:

  • Medical records will show the treatment you received. These will also offer a full picture of the illnesses or injuries you suffered.
  • Medical bills will be important to receiving compensation. These could come from your medical provider directly or your insurance company.
  • Health insurance plays a major role in your health care and how it is paid for. Providing invoices and health plan information will be important to your case.

These are among the most significant documents and should always be kept if you are concerned about your medical care. In addition to administrative documents, any correspondence or information you received from any health care providers should be  kept. This could include:

  • Letters from your doctor or other parties 
  • Email correspondence with providers
  • Documents relating to your diagnosis

If you believe you have a medical malpractice lawsuit, maintaining records will play an important role in your case. Anything you can provide your attorney will be to your benefit.

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