Dallas Attorneys for Medical Bills from Car Accidents
It is almost the first thing you think of after a car accident: How will I pay for these medical bills? If you weren’t at fault in any way, you shouldn’t have to be the one to pay for them. But what do you have to do to get the other person to pay your bills? And what do you need to do to prove how much they owe you?
Relax. You’re not alone. The Dallas car accident lawyers of The Benton Law Firm are here to help you. Contact us and we can review your case and help you get the compensation you’re entitled to. Contact us online, or call our office today at (214) 777-7777 and we can get to work investigating and assembling your case.
What Costs Can I Recover?
We all think about “medical bills” as a general term for the bills we get after a car accident or other serious injury, but in personal injury cases, medical bills can include any or all of the following:
- Emergency care. This can include ambulance charges if you are transported to an emergency room. All the treatment you received in the ER, from the x-rays and CT scans to the nurse who took your temperature and the EMT who put you on the gurney and hooked up your IV should be included in this category.
- Hospitalization. After the ER, you may have needed to spend a day or two in the hospital. This includes the cost of the room itself, any additional tests, the use of a surgical suite if required, your medication, food, and nursing care.
- Diagnostic testing. If you didn’t go to the ER right after the accident but saw your own doctor instead, you may have had to undergo x-rays or other diagnostic tests. These expenses should be included.
- Doctors and specialists. While you are in the hospital, if you’re seen by doctors or other professionals, they usually are not hospital employees. If you undergo surgery, you may also have received treatment from anesthesiologists and other medical professionals. Their care is billed separately and should also be included in your medical bills. If you did not go to the hospital, the costs of your visit to your own MD or an emergency care clinic should be included, as well.
- Rehabilitation and therapy. If you need any type of post-specialist care, such as physical therapy, reconstructive surgery, or follow-up care, this should be included in any claim.
- Long-term care. Serious injuries that lead to chronic conditions may require permanent treatment or long-term care. You are entitled to have your chronic injury treated and the cost should be borne by someone else if your injury was caused by another person’s negligence.
- Medication and assistive devices. If you need prescriptions, or if you eventually need a brace, cane, walker, wheelchair, or other devices as a result of your accident-related injuries, these costs should be included, as well.
- Home modifications. If your accident-related injuries require you to make modifications to your home, such as a ramp for wheelchair access, or lowered counters because you can no longer stand to prepare food in your kitchen, these costs may be included, as well.
What Do I Have to Prove?
To make your case, you and your attorney will need to obtain some or all of the following evidence:
- Medical bills and records. You can get your own records by requesting them from your doctors and the hospital or treatment centers yourself. Your bills should be readily available, whether you have paid them or not. The records should include any x-rays, radiographs, or CT scans.
- Proof of admissibility. To prove these are all accurate records, you need to have a representative swear to them in court. This can be done in several ways.
- Live testimony in court. A representative of the provider can appear in court and swear under oath that these are their bills according to their record-keeping methods. This method of proving admissibility is often expensive and time-consuming.
- Questions via deposition. Your attorney can have the record-keeper in question attend a deposition and testify that the various documents are legitimate. This method of authentication is complicated because the parties must attend a deposition. There will also be the additional cost of having a court reporter in attendance and of purchasing a transcript of the deposition itself.
- 001 Medical Bill Affidavit. This method, recently enacted in Texas, is the most efficient way to obtain medical bills and records before trial. The affidavit allows the claimant to request the documents and receive the signed affidavit of authenticity at the same time.
If you have more immediate questions that need answers, contact us online, or give us a call at (214) 777-7777 today.
How We Can Help
If all this sounds confusing, it can be. It is too much for the average layperson to handle on their own. When you have been injured in any type of car accident or other serious accident, you should not have to learn about personal injury law in order to present and win your case.
People often worry about the added expense of hiring an attorney, particularly when they’re already looking at a growing stack of medical bills that have arrived because they got treatment for their injury. You don’t have to fret about that. When you hire The Benton Law Firm, we will take your case on contingency. That means that you pay nothing upfront. You won’t owe us a dime until we obtain compensation for you. At that point, we’ll take an agreed-upon percentage of the money for our fees. If we are unable to get you any money, you’ll owe us nothing. Ever.
The attorneys at The Benton Law Firm know about the law and the rules of evidence, and we are ready to present the medical evidence necessary to help you get the compensation to which you are entitled. Contact our office today at (214) 777-7777 and let us take a look at your case. Our legal team is standing by for your confidential consultation now.