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What Medical Expenses Can Be Covered in a Personal Injury Claim?

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IL injury lawyerIf you are injured in a car crash or any other serious accident, you may need substantial medical attention, both in the immediate aftermath and throughout the course of your recovery. Your medical care can be quite costly, often reaching into the range of five or even six figures. These costs can easily become unmanageable, especially if you do not have health insurance to help you cover the expenses. Fortunately, if you can demonstrate that your injuries were caused by someone else’s negligence, you can hold the liable party accountable for your damages, including the full extent of your medical expenses.

Covering the Costs of Your Medical Care

Depending on the type of injuries you have suffered and their severity, your necessary medical care and treatment may include some or all of the following:

  • Emergency care - This may include the costs of ambulance transportation from the accident location to the hospital, as well as the costs of treatment provided in the emergency room.
  • Hospital stays - Many injury victims need to stay in the hospital overnight or for an extended period of time, which can result in accumulating expenses.
  • Surgery - Severe injuries to the head, spine, limbs, and internal organs may require surgery to repair the damage or prevent further harm.
  • Medication - This can include the costs of medication administered during in-patient procedures, as well as the costs of ongoing prescriptions for pain management and other lingering effects.
  • Assistive devices - Victims of catastrophic injuries may need to use wheelchairs, braces, prosthetic limbs, and other assistive devices to help them maintain a reasonable quality of life.
  • Physical therapy and rehabilitation - For injuries that affect mobility, strength, and coordination, victims may need ongoing care and treatment to help them regain their physical abilities.
  • Mental health therapy - Serious physical injuries can also affect a victim’s mental health, resulting in conditions like anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder.

It is important to note that a negligent party may be liable for both a victim’s past and future medical expenses. In order to secure the most possible compensation, victims should be sure to get medical help as soon as possible after being injured, maintain thorough records of all of their medical care, and ask their healthcare providers to testify regarding the necessity of their treatment and any likely future expenses.

Contact a Waukegan Personal Injury Attorney

At Salvi & Maher, L.L.C., we understand that the details of your personal injury claim can be overwhelming, especially when you are trying to cope with the effects of your injuries. We encourage you to contact us right away after you are injured so that we can help you collect and maintain all of the evidence you need, and help you determine the appropriate amount of compensation to pursue for your medical bills and other damages. Call us at 847-662-3303 to schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced Lake County personal injury lawyers.

 

Source:

https://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/fulltext.asp?DocName=073500050K2-1115.2

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