Medical Bills after an Accident
Accidents can cause a wide range of injuries, many of which require some type of medical attention. While the degree of treatment needed can vary from one accident victim to another, any type of treatment received can result in the victim facing medical bills. The bills for even seemingly minor injuries can add up quickly, often causing financial problems for injury victims.
The good news is that the law allows certain injury victims to seek compensation for their medical expenses from the party who caused their injuries. The following are some examples of medical bills commonly at stake in personal injury cases.
Emergency care - Some accident victims may need to be transported by emergency personnel in an ambulance to keep them stable until they get to the hospital. Even if an ambulance is not necessary, a visit to the emergency room can be costly, as it often includes triage care, diagnostic testing, stabilization, and more.
Hospitalization - For serious or otherwise unstable injuries, patients may need to be admitted to the hospital. This could be for a day of monitoring, or hospitalization could last for weeks or months in the event of a coma from a traumatic brain injury or spinal injury. The costs of a hospital stay can be high, especially if time is spent in the intensive care unit (ICU).
Procedures - Some accident victims require surgical procedures, whether it is to set a broken leg or conduct life-saving brain surgery. Any surgery can be expensive, as it involves bills for the surgeon and his or her team, anesthesia, postoperative care, and more.
Therapy - Many injuries require physical therapy, occupational therapy, or other forms of rehabilitative therapy for an accident victim to return to his or her previous job and activities. Such therapy can go on for months in some cases, and the costs add up quickly.
Ongoing care - Injury victims with long-term effects may require significant medications, medical equipment, home health assistance, and more. Individuals with permanent impairments or disabilities can face a lifetime of ongoing medical bills.
Discuss Your Options with a Phoenix Personal Injury Attorney Today
No matter how much your medical care costs, you should always look into the option of seeking financial recovery for your bills from a negligent party. The personal injury lawyers of Abels & Annes represent injured clients in and around Phoenix. Please call for a free consultation at 602-819-5191 today.