Will My Future Medical Costs Be Taken Into Account In A Bicycle Accident Injury Settlement?
If your case is being handled properly, you must consider your future medical care requirements and costs before you accept any settlement offer. Whether your case resolves through a settlement or you go to a trial or arbitration, it is crucial to know your medical future and make sure it is included in your case.
Once your case is concluded, it is over. You cannot reopen your case in the future as you need more medical care. You cannot go back to the insurance company and ask them to pay more. You get one shot at getting a good result in your case. Regardless of whether you case concluded with a settlement or a jury verdict, it is over. So when you’re dealing with a personal injury case, you must take the time to seriously discuss with your doctor the likelihood of relapse, whether you are reasonably likely to need medical care in the future; what kind of care and what it will cost.
In addition to future medical costs, you must consider other economic losses that you are likely to face in the future, such as loss of income, if your ability to work or your earning power is reduced because of your injuries.
In our law firm prove these things by asking your doctor for detailed report regarding your future medical needs, as well as by bringing in life care planners and economists when it’s appropriate to lay out the nature and costs of your needs and future losses as time moves forward.
The more serious your injuries are, the more important it is to bring in experts that can aid in securing the future for your medical care among other needs you may have. It is also helpful to have economists calculate your losses – not just your loss of income, but your loss of work related benefits such as contributions to a retirement plan, insurance coverage, vacation pay and sick pay. It is crucial to have your case properly prepared with considerations towards your future.
What Can I Do To Assist My Attorney In Getting The Best Possible Outcome For My Bicycle Injury Claim?
The most important thing that you can do to assist your attorney is to communicate with your lawyer and his or her staff. Make sure that your legal counsel understands exactly what you’re going through, keep in touch with them, communicate with them, and follow the attorney’s instructions. In my office we send out periodic client status questionnaires that make it easy for our clients to provide us with current information regarding their treatment; what is working and what is not; progress in their recovery; difficulties they are still dealing with.
Along with this, you must follow through with your doctor’s recommendations and get all of the medical care you require, (but not more than you need.) Follow your doctor’s advice and recommendations because non-compliance with your doctor’s instructions can hurt your case. All of this can help your case tremendously, along with taking good care of yourself, and keeping records of your bills, including all of your out-of-pocket expenses and loss of income .
As an element of your damages, make sure you keep receipts for all of the over-the-counter or prescription medications that you buy. You may even be able to recover damages for a new mattress or household help to do things that you can no longer do.
You can also help your attorney is by documenting everything at the time of the collision if possible; taking photographs, gathering evidence, getting names of witnesses, calling the police, and keeping track of how your injuries affect your day to day in your abilities.
It is important to know that you are not a diagnosis, a case or an injury. You are a human being. Recognizing how you as a human being have been affected by your injuries is critical to getting the best possible settlement. If you take care of all of these things, you are going to be in the best position to not only maximize your recovery, but minimize the ability of a defendant or an insurance company to avoid responsibility for what was done to you.
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