After a serious car accident, you may wish to recover medical expenses in a personal injury case. It’s not as simple as requesting it or claiming pain and suffering. There’s a process to follow. You must file a claim and prove your case. Certain expenses qualify, so you should come prepared. When you’ve had to come out of pocket, here’s what you should know.
Amount of Personal Injury Medical Expenses Allowed
Medical expenses include any bills the injured party or the health insurance company actually paid as a result of the accident. If the bills are ongoing and are still owed to the provider, that qualifies too. The injured party still has the burden of proof. You must prove:
- The other party was responsible for causing the accident.
- The accident caused your injuries.
- The medical care was necessary and,
- The cost of medical care is reasonable in amount.
How to Prove Medical Expenses in a Personal Injury Case
With medical expenses, you need to prove you received and paid for treatment. Keep medical bills and receipts for treatment after the accident. You can also get copies of medical records showing your health before and after the accident. Your physician may even attend court to explain your injuries. Submit proof of therapy and prescriptions drug costs too. Your attorney will help you navigate the rules of evidence and know how to put on the proof you need.
What to Do if You’re Hurt from An Accident
- Seek medical attention immediately if you need it.
- Follow doctors’ orders so the records reflect necessary treatment.
- Take notes of who witnesses are and what they and the other driver said at the scene.
- Take photos or record video of your injuries and damaged property. Visuals give the judge or jury a better idea of what happened.
- Attend all follow-up and therapy appointments. You must prove you did what you could to reduce (mitigate) damages.
- Get copies of medical records and bills related to your case. Documents proving the numbers are critical in a Personal Injury lawsuit.
- Schedule a consultation for legal advice
When you’ve suffered in a car or truck accident, don’t deal with it alone. You deserve help with personal injury medical expenses. Experts can review your case, file documents, and speak up for you in court if that’s what’s needed. That’s why you should have a dependable personal injury attorney on your team. At Springer and Lyle, we’ve been working on personal injury claims for over 30 years. We know how to help you recoup your medical expenses and get the compensation you deserve and what is reasonable for your case.