When you’re hurt in an accident, it can be a horrible time, full of stress and you may feel as if your life has been turned upside down. You’re facing mountains of medical bills and you don’t know how you’re going to make ends meet. You deserve, and may be offered, compensation, but how can you be sure it will be enough? Learn how, when you’re in an accident, the settlement for your medical bills will be handled, and how a qualified and experienced personal injury attorney can help.
How Settlements Work
The first thing you need to understand regarding your settlement when you’re hurt in an accident is that the award is not going to be open-ended. This means it’s not going to account for you getting regular payments for ongoing medical bills. While there are always exceptions, the vast majority of injury settlements are a lump award.
This means that you have to take into account your future possible medical expenses and figure them into the award you’re seeking. This is also partially why injury settlements allow for seeking much more than just medical bills.
What Awards Can You Get?
When you’re injured from an accident, you’re entitled to a broad range of potential damages for the injuries you suffer. Your past and current medical bills are just the baseline of the awards you might get. Other awards are broad and varied and could include many other aspects of your injury, including (but not limited to):
- Lost wages
- Lost future potential earnings
- Lost companionship and relationships
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Physical therapy, rehabilitation and medication costs
- Major procedures
Insurance and Avoidance
When you’re hurt in an accident, the insurance company representing the defendant will take great steps and strides to reduce or even avoid payouts entirely. They may try everything from confusing you so that you sign away your rights, to threatening you with having no payout at all, to minimizing or nullifying your injury. They could claim a lack of records, bring in their own expert witnesses and a range of other tactics to avoid giving you the compensation you deserve.
Hurt in an Accident?
When this happens to you, there’s only one way to make sure that you get fully compensated for the damages and injuries that you’ve suffered. You’re already under enough stress; you don’t need to worry about making ends meet as well. You need to file for enough compensation to cover your existing and future costs and stay on your feet while you get well. To do this, you need a qualified personal injury attorney.
An experienced and knowledgeable personal injury attorney knows how to battle and disprove these strong-arm avoidance tactics and make sure that you get the award for damages to which the law entitles you. It doesn’t matter what kind of injury you’ve suffered — car accident, slip and fall, medical malpractice or product liability.
Such a lawyer will protect your rights and fight for justice for you so you can concentrate on getting well. If you’re in this situation in the Odessa area and you need help, contact Robert White for a free case consultation today.