In the middle of the night in your apartment, the last thing you expect is for your apartment to suddenly go up in flames. You might rush to escape your apartment, but the fire ends up spreading so quickly that you end up suffering serious burns. You might also inhale smoke and suffer damage to your lungs. After you have been injured, you might have a legal case. However, you will need to consult with a personal injury medical evaluator to prove that you were injured and to demonstrate that you have suffered damages as a result of the fire.

Why You Need Swift Medical Care

You will want your burn injuries evaluated early on and you will want to receive the proper treatment for your injuries so you can minimize scarring and dysfunction. You will also be less likely to suffer from an infection.

Medical professionals will be able to treat the pain you are experiencing and will remove dead tissue. You may need reconstructive surgery to improve your cosmetic appearance and to improve the function of the area that was affected by the burns.

How to Know if Your Medical Care Was Adequate

If you have already received treatment for your burn injury, you might want to receive a personal injury medical evaluation to determine if the treatment was effective. The independent medical examiner will review all of the documents that were created by your initial treating physician and will conduct their own tests and perform an examination. They will offer recommendations for any future treatments you might need.

Another role of the independent medical examiner is to determine causation. They may be able to prove both that you suffered injuries, and that your injuries were not the result of a pre-existing condition, and they will also be able to help you establish the extent of your injuries and how expensive it will be to treat them.

How a Medical Evaluator Can Affect Your Personal Injury Case

In a personal injury case, both parties are allowed to order an independent medical examination. The other party might order this examination so they can determine the extent of your injuries. This might be used as an excuse to offer a lower settlement or to refuse to compensate you for your injuries.

To receive compensation, you will need substantial medical records to prove that you were injured and that your injuries were the result of the fire at your apartment. Then, you might be able to receive the compensation you deserve.  

For more information, contact a local doctor like Dr. A. Michael Moheimani.