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Medical Review of Police Accident Reports: What You Need To Know

What Happens If A Police Officer Reports My Medical Condition Caused An Accident?

The DMV’s Medical Review Unit will receive notification if a police accident report suggests that a motor vehicle accident might have resulted from any of these conditions:

  1. Loss of consciousness
  2. Falling asleep
  3. Fatigue or drowsiness
  4. Illness
  5. Prescription medication
  6. Physical or mental disability

If the DMV receives a police accident report stating that an accident was due to specific conditions, excluding loss of consciousness, you may be required to submit medical evidence. Failing to provide this documentation could result in the suspension of your driver’s license until you fulfill this requirement. Additionally, you might be asked to attend an evaluation interview or to pass vision, written, or driving tests. Failure to successfully complete these tests could lead to the suspension or revocation of your driver’s license.

Should the police report attribute your accident to a loss of consciousness, your driver’s license will be immediately suspended. To have the suspension lifted, you must submit the necessary medical documentation for review. Following this, you may have to undergo an evaluation interview or pass vision, written, or driving tests to reinstate your driving privileges. It is important to note that if the medical review determines that your condition poses a risk to public safety, your driver’s license may be suspended or revoked permanently.

Your Auto Accident Attorney Will Obtain Your Medical Documentation

Immediately after a car accident, one of your first actions should be to call the police. Additionally, it’s wise to quickly get in touch with a local personal injury law firm. Most firms offer a complimentary case evaluation, which enables their legal team to grasp the details of your accident and the injuries you’ve sustained.

Once your case is taken on, your attorney will seek access to your medical records for several crucial reasons:

  1. To verify the extent of your injuries
  2. To understand your future medical prognosis
  3. To evaluate the costs of your medical treatments

Furthermore, your medical records might reveal the cause of your injuries, providing your attorney with valuable information to bolster your case.

Medical Records Play a Crucial Role in Your Car Accident Case

Police officers will never ask for your medical records. However, the insurance adjuster of the person at fault might request them. It’s crucial not to share your medical records or allow access to them with anyone except for your attorney. Direct all such requests to your legal team, allowing them to handle communications with the at-fault party’s insurance provider on your behalf.

Your medical records are comprehensive, detailing all the diagnostic methods, laboratory tests, and imaging procedures employed to evaluate and treat your injuries. These documents are key in illustrating the cause of your injuries, their immediate and prolonged impacts, and proving that they were not pre-existing conditions. Furthermore, they provide evidence of how long your injuries might keep you from resuming your work.

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Additional Evidence That Supports Your Car Accident Case

Your medical records are crucial in demonstrating the nature of your injuries and their lasting effects on your life. To substantiate the cause of the accident and its financial ramifications, your attorney will gather the following pieces of evidence:

  1. Employment and income documentation to validate your earnings loss
  2. The official car accident report to establish the cause of the incident
  3. Photographs of the accident site to illustrate the positions of the vehicles and the points of impact
  4. Statements from both lay and expert witnesses to corroborate the cause of the accident

Just as with your medical records, your attorney will take on the responsibility of evidence collection. They will also ensure that your evidence is presented to the responsible party and their insurance company in a timely, well-organized manner upon request.

Contact Rosenberg & Rodriguez Now For A Free Consultation

If you or a loved one have been involved in a car accident, it is imperative to act swiftly to protect your rights and ensure you receive the compensation you are entitled to. At Rosenberg & Rodriguez, our experienced legal team is dedicated to guiding you through every step of the legal process with professionalism and care. We understand the physical, emotional, and financial toll a car accident can take on individuals and families, which is why we work tirelessly to secure the justice and compensation our clients deserve.

Do not hesitate to reach out to us for a free consultation to discuss your case. Our attorneys are well-versed in the complexities of car accident law and are committed to advocating on your behalf. Your peace of mind is our top priority, and there are no fees until we win your case. Contact Rosenberg & Rodriguez today and take the first step towards recovery and securing your future.