What injuries did you sustain in the accident?Pedestrian accidents frequently mean severe injuries, many of which have long-term consequences. In a low-speed collision, you might merely suffer broken bones or injuries like severe road rash, which can have a high rate of infection. On the other hand, at a higher rate of speed, you might suffer more serious injuries like traumatic brain injury,spinal cord injuries, and severe crushing damage, for example. Severe injuries typically lead to much higher settlements, in general, than minor ones since you will have fewer expenses directly related to the incident. Suppose, for example, that you suffer a broken arm in your accident: you will likely have relatively few medical bills, and you will presumably go back to work fairly quickly. Even if you need surgery to set your arm properly, or if your injuries require physical therapy, you may still find that you experience far lower medical bills than someone who sustains severe injuries in a pedestrian accident. On the other hand, what if you suffered much more serious injuries in your pedestrian accident? If your pedestrian accident causes a head injury, the road to recovery may be a long one: ongoing medical procedures, occupational therapy, and a lot of missed time at work while you try to recover. If you lose an arm due to your pedestrian accident injuries, you may have an extended hospitalization, amputation, stump revisions, and the cost of a prosthetic, physical and occupational therapy.
Medical Bills Matter in Pedestrian Accident ClaimsWhen it comes to pedestrian accident claims, your medical bills can prove essential to establishing the full extent of the damages you faced. If you have minor injuries and minor medical bills, you likely have fewer other financial losses, as well. On the other hand, if you have immense medical bills from your accident, you may find that you experience other more significant losses, both financial and non-financial. Keep track of all medical bills related to your pedestrian accident so that you can refer back to them as needed. You may need to keep all those bills in one place so that you can easily produce them for the insurance company or as you speak with your lawyer.
Items to Include in Pedestrian Accident Medical CostsTo clearly define the medical costs you have faced due to your pedestrian accident, review all your accumulated medical bills. Your medical costs may include:
- Emergency ambulance transport
- Treatment in the emergency room
- The cost of any procedures you needed to treat your injuries
- Long-term care, whether in-home or in a facility while recovering
- Durable medical equipment
- Therapy, including physical and occupational