An accident occurs. The sirens wail. Next thing you know, you’re in the hospital emergency room getting checked out for injuries you sustained during a serious collision. It’s imperative that all accident victims receive medical attention; however, many people don’t recognize what this means for their personal injury case.
Before you head to the emergency room, you should know how this plays a role in your pursuit of compensation. In fact, in many cases, the expenses you pay for your emergency room visit and all other procedures that come after that can prove as a starting point to what you may be able to receive in both economic and non-economic damages. Here’s how it works.
Medical Bills and Compensation for Economic Damages
In terms of personal injury law, economic damages are determined to be any and all results of an accident that caused the plaintiff to suffer significant financial loss. This means as the injured party, you paid out or lost money due to the injuries you sustained, including lost wages, property damage, and of course, medical bills.
The procedures performed during your hospital stay can be a baseline regarding the amount you may recover. Whereas surgery could result in you having to pay out tens of thousands (even hundreds of thousands) of dollars, chiropractic care may not be nearly that much. The amount you pay is looked at when determining compensation.
If I Fail to Get Medical Treatment, Does It Hurt My Case?
Because much of the compensation a person can be awarded is based on what the plaintiff paid out (and non-economic damages are often associated with that number as well), if a person fails to get medical treatment, they can harm their claim. In fact, many individuals who don’t report any kind of medical care often receive very little compensation.
It’s imperative you speak with a medical professional after your accident. Not only can you start receiving treatment, but the medical records can also be beneficial to your claim. Our Los Angeles personal injury attorneys can help you understand your rights and pursue the compensation and justice you deserve.
Call The Law Offices of Gerald L. Marcus today at (800) 905-8777.