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Medical Bills from Personal Injuries

Posted onSeptember 2, 2020
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If you’ve been injured as a result of someone else’s negligence, your medical bills can accumulate very quickly, but an experienced Tulsa personal injury attorney can help you obtain a favorable case resolution that covers your damages, including your medical expenses.

If someone else’s negligence leaves you injured, you’re in a predicament; you’re injured and may be left unable to work temporarily, but you’re also facing a considerable amount of medical bills. This is the catch-22 of such accidents, but an experienced Tulsa personal injury attorneywill skillfully advocate for your rights, and for the compensation you need to reach your optimal recovery.

While personal injury claims address a wide variety of accidents caused by the negligence of others, there are certain kinds of accidents that are the most common, including:

  1. Traffic accidents, such as car, rideshare (Uber, Lyft), semi truck, motorcycle, bicycle, and pedestrian accidents
  2. Slip and fall accidents
  3. Commercial vehicle accidents
  4. Boating accidents
  5. Accidents associated with premises liability
  6. Accidents caused by defective products
  7. Oil and gas explosions
  8. Medical malpractice
  9. Accidents on the job

The injuries resulting from any one of these categories of accidents can lead to considerable damages that are typically categorized in the following ways:

  1. Medical expenses 
  2. Lost wages, both past and future
  3. Pain and suffering, both past and future
  4. Permanency of injuries and/or disfigurement

Your Medical Bills

Some of the most extensive damages related to personal injury claims are medical bills. If you’ve been seriously injured in an accident, it is not only a difficult and painful situation, but is also likely to leave you facing mounting medical costs. While no two personal injury cases are alike, there are certain medical bills that are commonly associated with most claims, including:

 

  • Emergency Care – After a serious accident and injuries, it’s very likely that you’ll need emergency care at the scene of the accident and emergency transportation from the scene to a hospital emergency room. Emergency medical care is an expensive subset of medical care, though it is important to get a proper diagnosis right away.

 

    • Surgery – Surgery is extremely expensive, and so is the necessary follow-up care, which tends to include rest and appointments with the surgeon and other medical professionals. Further, the recovery period following surgery can be lengthy, and can lead to secondary health concerns, not to mention a considerable amount of lost wages..

 

  • Hospitalization – Spending time in the hospital is notoriously expensive and comes with health risks of its own. Costs can go up if you spend time in the ICU, burn unit,  or other specialized units. 
  • Doctor Visits and Care – You may face a wide range of visits with doctors and various medical specialists who have expertise in the kinds of injuries you’ve sustained. 

 

  • Physical Therapy – Physical therapy is often necessary after a serious accident, and it can be a lengthy process that requires the purchase of adaptive physical devices.
  • Rehabilitation – Rehabilitation is intended to help you segue from the hospital to more independent living at home, and the expense can add up quickly. 

Any one of these can lead to astronomical costs, and the more serious your injuries, the more costly your medical bills are likely to be, and they might continue to add up into the future. 

Considering Your Injuries

You’re facing injuries and the medical bills associated with these injuries, but it’s important to also consider the bigger picture. A surgery, for example, that isn’t as successful as was hoped, can lead to secondary health complications, and you won’t know the extent of the associated cost until additional time has elapsed. Further, some injuries don’t heal well and can lead to chronic pain, and unfortunately, even to permanent disability. 

Finally, some types of injuries have a high risk of complications, which might need additional treatment. For example, paralysis often leads to breathing complications that can be life-threatening and require respiratory care. In other words, simply adding up the medical bills you face in the immediate aftermath of your injury-causing accident is very unlikely to completely address the full scope of medical expenses you’ve incurred. 

You Need an Experienced Tulsa Personal Injury Attorney on Your Side

If someone else’s negligence leaves you injured, you may be facing overwhelming medical expenses, but the dedicated Tulsa personal injury attorneys at Wandres Law, PC, are here to help. Our legal team is committed to employing our experience and skill in pursuit of the compensation to which you are entitled. We will be in your corner every step of the way, so please don’t hesitate to contact or call us at (918) 641-4044 for more information today.


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