Personal Injury Medical Claims: What Can You Get for Your Settlement?
If you’ve been injured in an accident, you’ve probably already felt the financial stress of rising medical bills. Depending on the nature and extent of your injuries, you could be looking at an overwhelming sum to pay health care facilities and medical professionals. Even with insurance coverage, your responsibility may be too much to handle. If you decide to pursue legal action for the accident, your settlement can cover these costs.
Co-Pays and Hospital Charges
Even if your injuries seem minor, you should always see a doctor following an accident. Some injuries can become more severe over time or may be worse than they seem. Your personal injury settlement should cover the costs of any doctor’s office visits or hospital stays. As long as you and your lawyer can show that these appointments are related to injuries in the accident, the costs should be part of your settlement.
Surgeries and Other Treatment
Caring for your accident ailments could be as simple as mending some cuts and scrapes to as extensive as multiple surgeries. For these, and anything else in between, the proceeds from your lawsuit should take care of the costs. If you were badly hurt, these medical bills could quickly escalate. You will likely need medical attention long before your legal case is over. In this situation, your lawyer will work with the provider to arrange for payment after the settlement.
Your settlement should also account for the money you spent or must spend on any drugs you received in a healthcare facility. This should also include prescription medication that you took after your injury or must continue to take.
You may require equipment such as crutches, a wheelchair or oxygen as you recover from your injuries. Expect your settlement money to pay for these as well. This should be the case regardless of how long you need the equipment.
After a car accident, workplace incident or any other type of accident, you may not be physically or mentally able to return to work anytime soon. Your injuries may have made it impossible for you to perform your current work duties ever again. An injury settlement can provide you with the income you lost as well as your future earnings.
Understanding what your settlement can cover will help you determine whether to pursue a lawsuit. Your personal injury lawyer, like from The Law Firm of Frederick J. Brynn, will be your advocate to make sure you get the financial help you need.