Documents for Your Attorney: Illness & Hospitalization

Whenever you want to discuss your claims in a lawsuit with your attorney, you need to provide him with relevant information. There are a lot of things that can be shown to be able to prove your case.

Your Medical Records. Medical records will always be good to have when you want to sue someone for medical compensation. If you are claiming to sue based on the assistance given you to by the nurse, you need to prove your claim using what you have from the notes of the nurse. If you do not have these records in your possession, be able to provide your attorney with the names and addresses of the providers you have seen. Your attorney will then be able to obtain copies of your medical records on your behalf.

Your Mental Health Records. If you have asked for treatment from mental health professionals such as psychologists, psychiatrists, or psychotherapists, your attorney will need to review those records whether or not you claim that the need for the treatment was related to your illness or medical condition. You should give your attorney the record for your mental health assistance for him to know how to evaluate your records.

Prescription Medicine Information. If you have a serious illness or disease, or if you have been hospitalized, it is likely that you are either on or have been on some type of prescription medication or medications. You have to tell your attorney the name of the medications that you need to take and the dosage given to you by your medical professional. While you may be able to tell your attorney this information or while she may be able to find it out by poring through your medical records, you can also give your attorney the records pertaining to the prescription given to you.

Your Insurance Information. If you have any type of health or disability insurance, it is important that your attorney know how you obtained the insurance and the premium records that you might have. You should have a copy of your health or disability insurance policy or, in the case of a group plan of insurance, a copy of your certificate of coverage or participation. This is important in order to ensure that your attorney knows how to argue against your insurance companies.

Hospital and Medical Provider Invoices and Bills. If you have health insurance, chances are that your insurance will pay for some or all of your doctor and hospital bills. However, those payments may also be denied for a variety of reasons. Your attorney would have to know how much you were charged for the medical treatments that you have gotten. Keep copies of any invoices or bills that you receive and provide them to your attorney.

Evidence Of Lost Wages. If you have lost time from work as a result of your illness, disease, or hospitalization, your attorney may be able to help you recover some of that loss because you are entitled to compensatory damages. Some types of health insurance allow coverage for lost wages or profits. In other situations, your attorney may try to collect those lost wages or profits directly from the defendant in your lawsuit. To be able to do this, your lawyer needs to have access to the amount you actually paid and lost while you were undergoing hospitalization. One of the easiest ways to prove lost wages is to compare earnings from the periods before and after you were sick or hospitalized. Provide your attorney with these wage records. If you currently do not have access to your wage pay stubs, you can authorize your attorney to request for such.

Documents Received from the Defendant. If you have received any documents from the defendant, you always need to keep the copy because they might be helpful to your attorney. For example, if you are bringing a lawsuit against a medical device manufacturer, and that manufacturer sent you a letter describing the attributes of its product before you used it, your attorney will be very interested in seeing that letter. This is because what is stated in the letter may give some clues to the lawyer on the possible liability of the defendant.

Any Other Document Relating to Your Claim. This seems like an awfully broad category, and it is. Depending on what you are actually claiming for, you could have some other documents with you which could be useful for your attorney. For instance, if you first found out that you might have a claim against a pharmaceutical company after reading an article in a magazine, you might want to show that article to your attorney. Although some will not be really relevant in the court pleadings and actual arguments, you should also give it to your attorney if they can provide your lawyer with some relevant facts and background.

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