If you get involved in a car accident, you may have a right to seek compensation for the medical expenses that you face due to your injuries. These are not the only source of potential compensation. But medical expenses can often be vastly more expensive than things like damage to your vehicle or even your lost wages, so it’s very important to consider them.
Additionally, you don’t want to overlook important expenses or accept a settlement that isn’t going to cover everything. With this in mind, let’s look at a few examples of potential expenses.
Initial fees for care and transport
Right after the accident, you may rack up thousands of dollars just in ambulance fees. You have barely even received treatment yet and haven’t even been in the hospital. It’s even more expensive if you have to be airlifted from the scene by helicopter.
Care at the medical center
Additionally, once you arrive at the hospital, the cost of your initial treatment in the emergency room can be very expensive. If you have to stay overnight, or even spend an extended amount of time in the hospital, these bills just continue to mount. You may also have to pay for consultations with various healthcare professionals, medications that you need to take, different accessories that you need – like heating pads or crutches – and much more.
Finally, you have to think about the long-term ramifications. Do you need physical therapy for an injury that you suffered or do you need cognitive therapy for a brain injury? Are you going to have a permanent disability that means you always need to use medication or have in-home care services? The costs do not necessarily stop just because you have been released from the hospital.
As noted above, it’s very important not to miss out on compensation that you deserve. Be sure you know exactly what legal steps to take so that you don’t overlook anything.