Getting Compensation for Medical Bills After a Car Crash
People who suffer injuries in a Orange County car crash may incur medical bills over a long period of time. These bills can be for surgical procedures, hospital visits, doctor visits, physical therapy treatment, and other medical treatment that the accident victim requires. Over time, these bills can pile up and may leave the accident victim feeling overwhelmed.
Fortunately, victims of car accidents may be able to file a claim or lawsuit against the at-fault driver. As part of this claim or lawsuit, the accident victim might be eligible to recover monetary compensation for all his or her medical expenses and other damages, including lost wages and pain and suffering.
If you have been injured in an Orange County car accident, it is essential that you have a knowledgeable attorney by your side representing you throughout your case. An Orange County car accident lawyer will be able to determine if you are eligible to file a claim that seeks monetary compensation and damages for your injuries. Your lawyer can help you pursue the monetary recovery that you need for your medical expenses and other damages so that you can be made whole to the greatest extent possible after your car accident.
Legal Elements of a Orange County Car Accident Claim<
The State of Orange County is a fault-based – or tort – state. This means that victims of car accidents could pursue monetary compensation from the at-fault driver’s motor vehicle insurance company. However, to be entitled to recover medical expenses and other damages, the car accident victim must show that another driver violated the standard of care. This typically means that the driver violated a road rule, such as by speeding, running a red light, failing to yield the right-of-way, or otherwise behaving in an unreasonable manner under the circumstances.
In addition, to recover medical expenses and other damages, the accident victim must show that the other driver’s negligence caused the accident, that the accident victim suffered an injury, and that the injury or injuries are a direct result of the accident. Once the car accident victim can prove these legal elements, then he or she could recover monetary compensation for medical expenses and related damages.
Recovering Compensation for Medical Bills
In order for an Orange County car accident victim to recover monetary compensation for related medical bills and other expenses, the accident victim must have supporting medical documentation and/or expert testimony. A medical expert, such as a treating doctor, must be able to state, to a reasonable degree of medical probability, that the accident victim suffered one or more specific injuries. The healthcare provider must also be able to show that the injuries are a direct and proximate result of the accident.
In some instances, car accident victims suffer one or more permanent injuries or disabilities. When that is the case, the healthcare provider must be able to demonstrate that the accident victim suffered a permanent disability and that his or her condition is not expected to get any better over time.
In some instances, car accident victims can recover monetary compensation for future medical expenses, such as the cost of future surgery. A healthcare provider may be able to provide an estimate for an anticipated medical procedure based upon the costs of similar medical treatment in the area.
An experienced Orange County car accident attorney could help you prove all the legal elements of your personal injury claim. Your attorney could also help you with pursuing and recovering the monetary compensation that you need and deserve for your medical bills and other expenses that are related to your car accident.
If you have medical bills due to a car accident, contact the Law Offices of Brent W Caldwell today.