When you have been injured in an accident, regardless of who or what was at fault, you do not need the added stress of trying to figure out how to take care of any medical bills as they mount with more and more treatments. You should take the time and spend all your energy on trying to heal. Unfortunately, taking that time is not always possible. You may have insurance companies questioning who was at fault and who is going to pay the bills and medical bill collectors at your home. At some point, medical professionals may deny further treatment because you are so far behind on your bills. In addition, your family may be in a financial crisis due to your inability to work. All of this can be taken care of by a personal injury law firm. Here are just a few ways having a lawyer will make things easier on you.
One of the first things a personal injury attorney does is collect information about the entire situation. They will talk with any witnesses to the accident, get copies of any accident reports from work, the police, and the doctors. They will also get copies of all medical records pertaining to the injuries you received in the accident. All of this information will be used to create a claim to the insurance company of the responsible party.
Talk with Medical Billing
A personal injury lawyer will talk with the medical practices and hospitals you used after the accident. They will explain the situation and that you will be paying the bills once the insurance company compensates you. They can even set it up so that the bills are paid from the settlement before you receive any money. This way, you cannot spend the money and ignore the bills. The doctors and such will accept this and be willing to continue your treatments. In addition, it will stop any phone calls to your home, reducing your stress.
Negotiate the Settlement
You probably have no idea how much the medical bills are going to come to once everything is said and done. You may need to continue treatments of physical therapy for quite some time. In addition, you are going to need money to survive until you are able to return to work. Your lawyer will work with your doctors and therapists to come up with a close estimate as to how much the bills are going to be and how long you will be out of work. They will then negotiate a settlement that provides for you and your family so you will not have to worry about finances until things can get back to normal.
Never accept a settlement offer from an insurance company without discussing it with your personal injury lawyer. They will have all the information to determine whether or not the offer is good for you and the best you will receive.
For more information, reach out to a local personal injury law firm.