Medical Bills and Future Medical Bills: Who Takes Care of Them?
Posted on November 29, 2018
There are many reasons why it is important to seek the help of an experienced medical professional after you have been involved in a serious car accident. Of course, one of the main reasons for this is because you don’t want to go without care that you desperately need after you have been injured, as not receiving this specialized care means that you could miss out on treatment opportunities if you have serious injuries lingering. If you are suffering from permanent injuries, you don’t want to miss your chance to receive recovery now and in the future. Where do you start?
Where to Start with a Medical Professional
A medical professional will be one of the best experts when it comes to the injuries you have endured during a car accident. Your treating doctor might be able to explain the likelihood of your need for care as it stands and, in the future, as you continue to receive treatment, a specific description of the extent of care that will be needed, the projected costs of your care through the years, and more.
Being Paid for Your Injuries
Many people wonder what will be covered as part of their personal injury settlement. If you have been injured and you are able to show that your injuries are related to the accident, any and all care should be covered in your settlement, as you should never have to worry about this on your own. Payment of your medical bills is a natural component in any case. You might have to take care of some bills on your own as you await settlement, which is when it will come in the form of reimbursement. Now you understand that you will be compensated for your medical bills that you have already incurred, but what about ones that will follow you into the future? What if you are in need of rehabilitation, physical therapy, future surgeries, hospital stays, and more? A plan will have to be put in place so that you know how you will take care of these bills with the help of those negligent in your case.
The reality of many of these scenarios and why future medical bills sometimes get left out of a claim is because nobody has the ability to predict the level of care you may need in the future, but they can get pretty close if your doctor has a good idea of what injuries you are facing. If the medical professional in charge of your care believes that you could very well need surgical intervention or major medical procedures in the future, then it is a good idea to include future medical costs that will keep you afloat.
The unfortunate fact is that many personal injury settlements seen in court today are settled before time has passed, making it difficult to determine if you will need care in the future. This doesn’t have to happen to you if you speak with an experienced attorney and have a team of medical professionals on your side who understand exactly what you are going through. At Katz Kantor Stonestreet & Buckner, we are here for you every step of the way when it comes to getting the most out of your personal injury claim. We have a specialized team on our side who have resources, contacts, and capabilities to help you gain the best results in your case. The faster you act, the better your chance of retaining evidence and obtaining the compensation you deserve. Contact us to find out how we can help you at 304-431-4050.
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