The Role Of Medical Treatment After A Car Accident

You cannot be paid personal injury compensation without medical treatment. Those two factors are linked in several ways and it's vital that victims understand their importance. For an overview of why medical treatment is such a major part of a car accident case, read on.

Who Should Pay for Your Medical Treatment?

The party that caused the accident is responsible for paying the bills of the other party. However, it's not always easy to make those things happen smoothly. In some cases, fault can take time to be established. In the meantime, many victims end up being billed for their medical treatment or using their own healthcare insurance to cover it. Even when the issue of fault is settled, some victims find that the insurer is not paying their medical bills in a timely manner or at all.

Unfortunately, waiting for the insurer can result in collection attempts by medical facilities and practitioners. Medical billers can be very aggressive in their collection actions. If things are not settled quickly, some victims may learn that their credit has been negatively affected, that they are being sued, and that they now have a creditor's lien on their home.

If the other side is dragging their feet and not taking responsibility for your medical treatment costs, don't delay in speaking to a personal injury lawyer. Lawyers can use their resources to get your claims approved and your medical bills paid.

Pain and Suffering are Connected

The link between two major monetary damage categories is also connected to medical treatment. Though insurers and lawyers use several different methods for calculating the form of damage known as pain and suffering, many use the dollar total of your medical treatment costs to calculate pain and suffering. Medical expenses are multiplied by a factor that aligns with the seriousness of your injuries. In many cases, your pain and suffering payment will be the highest dollar amount of all your compensation.

As you can see, the relationship between your medical treatment and how much you end up being paid is very important. The at-fault driver's insurer has no interest in helping you to be paid fair compensation, and they may take their time when dealing with medical matters. Don't allow this to happen. Your credit could be damaged, and your medical treatment could be compromised. Speak to a personal injury lawyer about your case and get a legal and insurance professional on your case. 

Contact an accident lawyer near you to learn more.