How to Handle Post-Accident Medical Bills
In 2011, Oklahoma roads saw an average of 189 accidents per day. Over the span of a year, this resulted in 68,967 crashes and 36,294 injuries. After an accident, you may be hurt, scared or confused. When the wreckage is cleared, you are often confronted with a new problem — medical bills.
When an accident occurs, you may not initially realize the extent of your injuries. However, it is important to see a medical professional as soon as possible. Without prompt medical attention, the insurance companies or defense attorneys may attack the validity of your injury claims.
Further, make sure to save the documentation for every medical expense, including doctor visits, rehabilitation, prescription medication and other health expenses. If your case goes to trial, the bills and receipts serve as evidence of your damages. If the accident resulted in ongoing medical problems, Oklahoma courts require expert witness testimony to present evidence of future medical expenses. Even if your medical expenses are covered by a health insurance provider, this does not preclude a court from awarding you damages for the full cost of medical care.
If you’re the victim of a car crash, you deserve compensation. The at-fault party and the insurance company are required to compensate you for your damages — including medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering. However, these parties may attempt to trick you into settling for an unfair amount. An experienced Tulsa accident injury attorney should be present to represent your best interests in all phases, from settlement negotiations through trial. At The Barkett Law Firm, our attorneys will fight to recover maximum compensation in your case.