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Man Dies in One-Vehicle Car Crash in North Fort Worth

One-Vehicle Car CrashA man was fatally injured on Friday, March 27, 2015 while driving on Interstate 35W in north Fort Worth. The man was involved in a one-vehicle car crash near the Basswood Boulevard overpass according to Forth Worth police. Initially, the man refused to be taken to a hospital twice, but he passed out soon thereafter. The ambulance took him to the Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Alliance after the wreck that occurred at around 11:30 p.m. The man was pronounced dead at 12:29 a.m. on March 28, 2015. Three other passengers were also in the accident, and they all refused medical treatment. At this point, it unclear what caused the accident or if drugs or alcohol was a factor.

Those involved in the crash should have visited the doctor.

From both a legal perspective and a medical perspective, the passengers and the drivers did exactly what they should not do after a collision. No matter what the cause of the accident was, those involved should always get examined by a medical professional after an accident. This is first for safety reasons. Sometimes people may feel fine, as this man likely did, but they have internal bleeding or some other internal injury that could be life threatening. The faster that medical personnel look at these injuries, the better chance the injured person has of survival.

From a legal perspective, going to the doctor or emergency room could also help a personal injury case. It is very difficult to claim medical damages without a doctor visit. This is because most people agree that if there is a serious problem, then the victim would have gone to the doctor. They also may assume that if the victim did not go to the doctor then their injury is not serious.

How do lawyers use medical records?

Medical records are used for a variety of reasons in personal injury and wrongful death claims. A visit to the doctor can establish the initial injuries after a crash. It can also show whether the person injured had any preexisting injuries or if crash would have aggravated any prior health conditions, like a heart or lung condition, for example. In some situations, medical records are also helpful to establish mental stability. Perhaps the most important reason that medical records are used is to figure how much the other party should have to pay in damages. Medical bills will show how much a victim spent on medical expenses, but medical records show why the victim went to the doctor in the first place.

After a personal injury lawsuit begins, the other party may request that the plaintiff undergo a medical evaluation separate from the one that occurred after the crash. This type of evaluation is to determine how much the crash affected their quality of life even after their injuries have begun to heal. This is because a victim can ask for damages caused by the accident that decreased quality of life after the incident occurred.

For more information about medical records relating to personal injury lawsuits, speak to an experienced Dallas car accident attorney. Call 972=774-9800 or contact us online for your free case evaluation.