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Medical record organization for Ohio and Kentucky personal injury victims

Injured parties in Ohio and Kentucky must keep their medical records well-organized to help support their legal case. Proper organization tips can go a long way.

Your recent personal injury left you with several medical bills and health complications. While you received great care thanks to Ohio or northern Kentucky healthcare professionals, you feel you should not have to pay for someone else’s negligence.

Learn how to organize all your medical records properly for your legal case, so you have a better chance of getting all the financial compensation you deserve to protect your physical and financial health.

Gather all copies of medical records

Reach out to your medical care provider(s) and ask for copies of all your medical records related to your personal injury, letting them know you want to build a personal health record. Prepare to share your identification, sign a release form and possibly pay a fee before receiving your records. Usually, it takes five to 10 business days for patients to receive their records, but providers can take as many as 30 days to honor your request.

Organize your records

Once you have your records, organize them chronologically. Depending on the extent of your medical care, you may prefer to organize your records categorically. For instance, you may want separate records for test results, long-term health issues, prescription medications and physical therapy received.

Note all medications 

Touching back on prescription medications, write all the medication you take for your personal injury. Additionally, note all other supplements and medications you take for reasons other than your personal injury. Physicians should know all the prescriptions, supplements and over-the-counter medications you currently take so they can help prevent harmful drug interactions.

Organize billing and insurance records 

Keep all receipts and paperwork related to billing and insurance payments connected to your personal injury. If you corresponded with anyone at a healthcare facility or your insurance provider about payments, keep thorough phone and email records, especially the dates and the names of people you spoke with. You may have no choice but to tap into your personal health insurance while waiting to see whether you can expect financial compensation for your personal injury; keeping detailed payment records can help you recover any money you spend out of your own pocket.

Keep a list of vital contacts

For both your legal case and your health in general, make a list of your primary physician, pharmacist, caregiver, physical therapist and all other professionals helping you recover. These contacts can aid you in building your legal case, and you may need to contact one of them in an emergency.

Do you need further help organizing your medical records for your personal injury case? Turn to an experienced legal advocate in Ohio or Kentucky to understand how to protect your rights and your finances.