Organize Your Medical Information this Month
It seems that having days and even months dedicated to the observation of a particular thing, group, or historical event has become commonplace in society. According to Nationaldaycalendar.com, the month of October is designated to observe over 100 different causes ranging from serious (National Domestic Violence Awareness Month) to silly (Squirrel Awareness Month). One of the October National Month Observances which is particularly relevant to our clients and prospective clients is Organize Your Medical Information Month.
Taking time once per year to organize your medical information so that it is available for reference in the event of major illness or injury is a great suggestion. The founder of Organize your Medical Information Month was inspired to found this Observance following her own cancer diagnosis in 1994. We’ve incorporated some of Ms. Shrager’s suggestions for organizing medical information into a list that we think would be helpful to our clients and prospective clients who are pursuing a claim after suffering a serious injury.
Medical Information to Keep for Your Attorney and/or Medical Provider:
- Contact information of all doctors and specialists who have been involved in your care (and an easy way to do this is by taking a business card from the office of every provider you see);
- Copies of diagnostic tests and reports (and tests are not the same as reports: for example, if you undergo an x-ray, there will be actual x-ray films and a report, which is the interpretation of the film by a radiologist);
- A list of all your diagnoses (current and past);
- Medications you’ve been prescribed (including the date prescribed, the provider who prescribed it and the cost);
- Details of family medical history;
- Dates of appointments (as well as provider names, addresses, and miles driven to/from your appointment);
- Copies of medical bills and insurance claims.
Some of this information is important to keep just for your Attorney in the event of a Personal Injury claim, like miles driven to/from medical appointments. Some of the information is exclusively for your Medical Providers, like family medical history. Much of the information is relevant to both Attorneys and Medical Providers. If you are organized in keeping track of your medical information, you may find that your medical providers are able to more accurately and quickly diagnose and treat you. Similarly, this level of organization will enable your attorney to more efficiently handle your Personal Injury claim.
There’s a number of good habits you can develop to advance your own physical recovery and increase the likelihood of a good outcome in a Personal Injury claim. Consulting with the Colorado Springs Injury Attorneys at Rosenbaum & Wootton, P.C. is another important step in protecting your interests. If you were injured as a result of someone else’s negligence in Colorado Springs or the surrounding areas, call or text us at 719.634.0102 or click on this link to schedule your FREE INITIAL CONSULTATION.
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