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What Sort of Expenses Are Covered Under Personal Injury Law?

Have you been in a car accident, slipped and fallen, or have you had any other personal injury incident requiring medical attention or a hospital stay? It is time to see a personal injury attorney. These expenses could be reimbursable with the funds from a personal injury lawsuit.

A personal injury settlement covers all of the medical and work loss expenses you incur because of an accident. Injuries can be expensive, and they can quickly rack up those medical bills. Get the reimbursement you deserve by seeking a good personal injury lawyer before those bills get too high.

Are Medical Bills Covered?

All of your hospital bills are covered in a personal injury settlement, but you may not know that other expenses can also be covered. For example, you could be compensated for any mental health services that you may require. Speak with a legal professional and create a list of any expenses that are related to your injury.

Document Everything

Attorneys often see patients come in with high medical treatment bills for injuries they have sustained. These expenses can be overwhelming, but there are also other expenses like a lack of personal income caused by doctors’ visits, visiting other locations or cities for treatment, the cost of keeping up the house while dealing with these problems. The injury causes these expenses, so it is important to document everything with your attorney. Most people don’t realize how high even the smallest of these expenses can be, which is why you need to take the time to write down every expense that relates to the injury.

Overlooked Expenses

Sometimes it can be difficult to immediately determine what kinds of expenses are involved with personal injury cases.  not Some typical medical expenses that you can claim in a personal injury lawsuit include:

  • Physical therapy bills
  • Family physician bills
  • Other doctor bills
  • Laboratory fees
  • Pain management treatment
  • Cost of prescription medication

One-Time Settlements

You only get a one-time settlement in a personal injury lawsuit, so one of the most important things to do is write down your expenses and estimate the amount of future medical expenses you should claim. Remember that this is all you get, so be sure to mention it when discussing with your attorney what your injuries are and how they have affected your life.

How Can You Prove Your Medical Expenses?

Your attorney will present all of the documents and expenses incurred at the trial. He will need to show all of your medical bills and an estimate of future medical bills based on the treatment you have already received.

The attorney might also decide to use a medical witness to corroborate the possible future medical bills you could have.

Contacting a Personal Injury Attorney

If you have been injured at work, in a car accident, or in any other public area, you may need medical attention, and the accident could cause future medical complications. Contact a personal injury attorney as soon as you can. When you are in pain, not getting better on your own, or are discharged from the hospital without an explanation, it is time to get an attorney. Other signs that it’s time for legal help are when your injuries are preventing you from returning to work or school; when someone else at fault admitted they were responsible; or an insurance company has contacted you about settlement offers.

This article is from Brooke Chaplan, a freelance writer and blogger. She lives and works out of her home in Los Lunas, New Mexico. She loves the outdoors and spends most of her time hiking, biking, and gardening. For more information contact Brooke via Twitter @BrookeChaplan.

Bob Kraft

I am a Dallas, Texas lawyer who has had the privilege of helping thousands of clients since 1971 in the areas of Personal Injury law and Social Security Disability.

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The title of this blog reflects my attitude toward those government agencies and insurance companies that routinely mistreat injured or disabled people. As a Dallas, Texas lawyer, I've spent more than 45 years trying to help those poor folk, and I have been frustrated daily by the actions of the people on the other side of their claims. (Sorry if I offended you...)

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