Posted in Personal Injury on August 25, 2015
Picture this: You’ve been injured in an accident that was not your fault. You were rushed to the emergency room and admitted into the hospital. Now, you have follow-up doctor’s appointments, physical therapy and you’re still in pain. The accident wasn’t your fault; the other driver was text messaging when he slammed into you. Yet, you’re receiving medical bills . . . what? Why?
This scenario is a common one that might seem confusing if you’ve been injured by someone else. You might think that it makes sense that the person who caused your injuries should pay for your recovery as you go along, but it doesn’t work that way and with good reason.
Injuries don’t always show up right after an accident. Some injuries take time to develop, and the victim needs to heal properly first.
As I said in the above example, you’re still in pain. What if the doctors can’t determine why right away? What if you have an underlying injury from the accident that is still developing? What if you need future medical treatment that you and your doctors hadn’t expected? You’ll want to have your medical bills covered for that injury, as well, and this is why the other side doesn’t pay until your accident claim is settled.
Throughout your recovery process, you will undergo many tests and treatments. The types of injuries you have sustained will determine the medical care you will need. Care could be required for an extended time, so it is important that the victim of an accident heal properly prior to settling any claim to ensure that all of the medical bills are included in the final amount.
You will not have an accurate accounting of how much it will cost for your care a few days, or even a few weeks, after your accident. This is why victims are given the time to heal. You do not want to settle and have the other side pay for your medical bills if you do not have a complete understanding of the future care you will need.
It’s better to wait, heal properly, and then, under the guidance of an attorney, file a claim to be compensated for your medical bills. That way, your settlement covers everything you and your insurance company have paid.
Zaner Harden Law understands that accident victims only get one shot at settling their claim, and we work with our clients to ensure that they are not rushed into an unfair and/or inadequate settlement. Your focus should be on getting better, or as Colorado law says, on being made “whole” again. You shouldn’t be coerced into settling while you are still undergoing treatment.
When you’re ready to file a claim, do not go through this process alone. Chances are the other side is going to attempt to settle prematurely to avoid additional medical expenses. Rather, contact Zaner Harden Law.
We are experts in Colorado personal injury law, and we will give you the time to heal from your accident and then fight for total reimbursement of your medical expenses. If you’ve been injured in an accident, call us at 303-563-5354 today. Learn more at: www.zanerhardenlaw.com.