Medical Expenses Recoverable in a Personal Injury Case

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If you’ve been injured in an accident or suffered injuries of some sort due to someone else’s negligence, you can use your auto insurance or health insurance to pay your medical expenses. 

However, this coverage may not be enough to cover all your medical bills. 

Whether it was a vicious car accident, a motorcycle crash on the highway, a pedestrian collision while walking across the street, or a dog bite attack that left you hurt, you have legal rights. Every injury case is different, but all too often victims are left with coverage that falls short of compensating them for all their bills. 

Types of Current and Future Medical Expenses

If you were injured and it was someone else’s fault, you could be entitled to compensation for several types of damages, including current and future medical expenses, such as:

  • Ambulance rides
  • Emergency helicopter rides
  • Emergency room trips
  • Hospital stays
  • Surgeries
  • Doctors office visits
  • Medical testing procedures
  • Medication
  • Rehabilitation treatment, including physical therapy
  • Mental health treatment
  • Assistive medical devices, including wheelchairs, lifts, etc.
  • Other healthcare needs

You may be able to recover any of these medical costs that are related to the injuries you suffered. Contact an experienced personal injury attorney to learn more about how you can recover financially after getting injured.

Keeping Track of Medical Expenses

In a personal injury case, your medical records serve as key pieces of evidence that may be used to support your claim and increase the chances of a favorable outcome. Staying organized and keeping detailed records of your expenses can go a long way toward your financial recovery.

Here are some of the best ways to track injuries, medical bills and evidence to secure a fair settlement:

  • Keep a journal: By keeping a journal or notepad, you are reminding yourself and your attorney about each and every aspect of your road to recovery. It keeps your organized and acts as a running history of your case and treatment status.
  • Take photos/videos: If you are able to, it’s a good idea to take photos or videos of your injuries and recovery status. If you do pursue a personal injury case, these may be used as evidence.
  • Keep copies of bills/receipts: Keep copies of every item related to your injury case, including bills, receipts, gas station receipts, pharmacy statements, etc.
  • Collect other evidence: All of your x-rays, imaging, medical tests, police reports, contact information for witnesses, etc., should be kept in one place. 

By keeping a journal and photos and staying organized, you not only have documented your case but also saved yourself a potential headache. 

Who Will Pay Your Medical Bills?

“Unfortunately, the other driver’s insurance company doesn't have to pay you anything, now or later, unless you force them to pay by bringing a civil lawsuit against their insured client. However, if a valid claim exists a lawsuit is usually not necessary if you accept the carrier’s determination of what the claim is worth.” 

Secure Your Legal Rights Today

Seattle personal injury law firm Davis Law Group represents people anywhere in Washington state if someone’s carelessness caused their injuries in car accidents, truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, bike accidents, drunk driving crashes, pedestrian accidents, and many other types of accidents. 

We want to represent you if you were injured in an accident in Washington state. Don’t wait another day to call: (206) 727-4000.

Chris Davis
Award-winning personal injury attorney and founder of Davis Law Group, P.S. in Seattle, Washington.