For drivers everywhere, no matter how carefully you drive there’s always a a risk of a car accident. In many cases, these accidents are minor and result in few injuries.
However, in Ohio some accidents can cause painful, debilitating, and even life-changing injuries. For drivers involved in car accidents with injuries, those injuries can lead to incredible medical bills.
One huge concern people have after being in a serious car crash is how the medical bills are going to be taken care of. From our dedicated Ohio car accident lawyers here at Cooper Elliott, here’s what you need to know about the responsibilities for medical bills – and how we can help.
Medical Bills After an Ohio Car Accident
Generally speaking, since Ohio is an at-fault state, car accidents will be attributable to one or more negligent parties.
In most cases, the negligent party is determined to be the party “at fault” for the accident, and therefore liable for the injuries caused by the accident – including any associated expenses, such as medical bills, property damage, lost wages, and more.
If you were injured in an accident that another driver was at fault for, you have the right to pursue compensation or reimbursement for your medical bills from that person. This is often done through the insurer for that driver, though there are exceptions for cases where the driver does not have insurance.
If the at-fault driver had no insurance or less insurance than you, you may be able to get compensation for your medical bills and other expenses from your own uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage.
Why It’s Important to Get Immediate Medical Attention
One thing to remember in the immediate aftermath of an accident is that it’s crucial to get medical attention as soon as possible, even if you don’t feel like you’ve been injured.
Immediately after an accident you’re likely to have massive amounts of adrenaline in your system, which can block out the pain.
- Immediately after an accident you’re likely to have massive amounts of adrenaline in your system, which can block out the pain.
- Additionally, your injuries may not be immediately visible or can worsen without medical intervention.
- Another major reason to see a health care professional is that if you plan to pursue compensation for your injuries, you need to prove that you were injured and how those injuries impacted you financially, which you need medical bills and records for.
Your case may hinge on ensuring that your injuries are promptly evaluated and recorded in your medical records by a doctor or other healthcare professional.
Working with an Experienced Ohio Car Accident Attorney
Too many people are under the impression that filing a personal injury claim with an insurance company and getting sufficient compensation is easy, and they can avoid the cost of representation by handling the process themselves.
Unfortunately, the process entails a lot more than just paperwork and a few phone calls.
Working with insurance companies can be incredibly frustrating and time-consuming, and many people who forgo working with an experienced car accident attorney set themselves up for a lower settlement.
Your attorney will work hard as your advocate to ensure you get every cent of compensation that you may be entitled to. On top of that, your lawyer will have experience in negotiating with insurance companies, speaking with other legal representatives, and assigning values to all of the damages that you’ll be seeking. Working with an attorney is the most effective way to ensure that you get full value for your claim.
Our Cooper Elliott personal injury attorneys have built their careers on making sure other people get the compensation they deserve and are ready to go to bat for you.
Contact Cooper Elliott Today
If you have been injured in a car accident in Ohio recently, you may be entitled to recover compensation for your injuries and damages. Ohio has time limits on seeking compensation, however, so reach out today to discuss the details of your claim.