3 ways medical records can help your slip-and-fall case

On Behalf of | Jun 12, 2024 | Premises Liability |

Slip-and-fall accidents can lead to serious injuries, and proving liability is necessary for compensation. In Virginia, medical records help strengthen a slip-and-fall premises liability case.

These records provide evidence to substantiate the extent and cause of injuries from the accident.

1. Documents the injury

Medical records include information such as the type of injury, the severity and the treatment received. This documentation can show the direct link between the fall and the injuries.

The defense has a harder time arguing that injuries such as brain damage were preexisting or caused by another incident. Causation is necessary in any premises liability case. Medical records can provide expert opinions from health care providers linking the injuries directly to the slip-and-fall accident. Doctors’ notes and diagnostic tests can offer professional validation that the injuries are consistent with the type of fall.

2. Establishes the timeline

A clear timeline is important in a premises liability case. Medical records include dates and times of visits, treatments and follow-ups. They can help create a chronological narrative of the injury and recovery process. This timeline can show prompt and consistent treatment of the injuries. It reinforces the claim that the slip-and-fall accident was the direct cause of the harm.

3. Shows the extent of damages

Medical records also provide a comprehensive overview of the damages suffered as a result of the slip-and-fall accident. These records include information on hospital stays, surgeries, medications, physical therapy and other treatments. By detailing the extent of medical care, these records can help quantify the damages. This is necessary for determining the amount of compensation for medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering.

By collecting and presenting medical records, you can significantly bolster your case.