Being in a serious car accident is traumatic for everyone involved, and the aftermath of a vehicle accident can be painful, stressful and expensive. At a time when you should be focusing 100% of your energy on your recovery—if recovery is even possible—your focus is probably being drawn in many different directions: How much work will I miss? How will I afford the medical bills? Who will take me to my appointments? How bad will the pain be as I heal? Will I be whole again? Who will care for my family while I recuperate?
You may feel lost, confused, and scared, but there is help out there—legal help, that is. An experienced, skillful personal injury attorney can help you collect compensation to pay for the mountain of bills a car accident may have left you with (if the accident was due to negligence). If someone was speeding, driving while distracted, or driving under the influence, you should not be expected to pay the many medical bills you’ll be receiving. A good car accident lawyer will fight to make the responsible party (or parties) pay for the medical bills you’re left with following a vehicle accident that was not your fault.
Typical Car Accident Medical Expenses
From the car accident until the end of your recuperation, you will see all types of medical bills, and the first charge you incur may be the bill from the ambulance company. Most of us aren’t thinking, “How much is this going to cost me?” as we’re being rushed to the hospital following a car accident, and many people don’t even realize that the injured party is responsible for the ambulance bill. But if someone else caused your car accident, that person (or his insurance company) should pay this bill, which can be between $1,000 and $2,000 in most areas of the United States.
If you’re transported to the emergency department, you can expect a number of charges there. X-rays will likely be taken, and MRI’s and CT scans may be necessary to assess your injuries. You may need medications when you get to the ER or en route, and these, too, will be billed to you. If you require a cast or some type of splint, that will go on your ER bill, also. Any treatment at an urgent care will add up, also, and while urgent care facilities may not be quite as costly as an emergency room, you could be looking at thousands of dollars in medical care and treatment following a car accident.
If you’re admitted into the hospital overnight or longer, the charges really begin to rack up because now you’ll be responsible for paying for the hospital room, bed, daily medications, and all the other costs associated with a hospital stay. If you’ve been admitted to a hospital, you know how costly this can be. If you have never had to stay overnight in a hospital, you may be shocked at what everything costs.
After you’re discharged from the hospital, you will have to follow up with a primary care physician, and the number of appointments you’ll need with your PCP varies, of course, based on the seriousness of your injuries. You may also need physical or occupational therapy, medical equipment, and transportation to and from appointments. In more serious car accident recovery periods, alterations to people’s homes must be made to accommodate necessary medical equipment and to make any physical limitations you’re left with easier to handle.
Seek Legal Help
When you take into consideration that we haven’t even gotten into the money you’ll lose from not being able to work let alone your pain and suffering, you can clearly see how expenses following car accidents can ruin people. Don’t let this happen to you.
If you were injured in a car accident in New Hampshire or Vermont, please contact attorney David Cole today to schedule a no cost, no-obligation consultation.