A car accident can result in a wide range of injuries, which in turn, can require many different types of medical treatments. Whether you need a couple of stitches or you require extensive, long-term care, you will receive medical bills for the care you receive. If your accident was caused by another person, that person should be held liable for all of your medical expenses. The following are some of the common medical expenses at issue in car accident cases:
Emergency trauma care – Many car accident victims require immediate medical attention. This can include ambulance transportation, care provided by the emergency medical technicians (EMTs), and care provided at the emergency department. Even if they do not need to be transported in an ambulance, many accident victims need to visit the emergency department on their own, which can be costly.
Hospitalization – If injuries are severe or an accident victim is unstable and needs to be monitored, they will be admitted to the hospital. An average day in the hospital costs about $2,135 in Michigan1 and this number can substantially increase if a patient needs surgery or a stay in the intensive care unit (ICU).
Surgery – Surgery is often required for many types of injuries, including severe fractures, internal organ damage, spinal cord injuries, and more. Surgical costs can be extensive, including pre-op and post-op hospitalization and care.
Rehabilitation – Whether or not a patient undergoes surgery, rehabilitative therapy is often required. Such therapy can be challenging and can continue for some time as costs pile up.
Medication and medical equipment – Whether a patient needs painkillers and crutches or needs an electric wheelchair and outfitted car and home, most injuries require some type of medication or medical equipment during the recovery process and these expenses can quickly add up, especially if a person has permanent impairments.
Home health care or assisted living – In some situations, an accident victim may not be able to care for themselves even after they have left the hospital. Some patients may choose to have medical and personal assistance in their home and others may need to temporarily or permanently move into an assisted living facility. Victims can recover for these costs if they stem from their accident-related injuries.
A Skilled Michigan Auto Accident Lawyer to Discuss your Case
For more information about how you can recover for your medical bills and other losses, please call a car accident attorney at Michigan Injury Lawyers at 313-GET-HELP today.
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