There is never a convenient time to be injured in an accident. The hustle and bustle of daily life leaves us little time to slow down. While some injuries do not take a great deal of time to heal, others are serious and cost thousands of dollars in medical bills to treat. The following is an overview of personal injury law and how it can help accident victims get their medical bills paid after an accident. If you have been hurt due to someone else’s reckless behavior, contact a personal injury lawyer to discuss your options.

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To obtain compensation for your injuries sustained in an accident, you must file a civil lawsuit. Personal injury law gives accident victims a way to seek compensation for accident related expenses, if the injury is due to the negligent act of someone else. Because personal injury cases hinge on proving negligence, not every accident will qualify.

Types Of Accidents

While there are many different types of accidents that result in the filing of a personal injury case, some are more common than others. The most common accidents that lead to the filing of personal injury lawsuits in court are:

  • Automobile Accidents
  • Commercial Truck Accidents
  • Dog Bites
  • Slip And Fall Accidents
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Nursing Home Abuse
  • Birth Injuries
  • Motorcycle Crashes

Types Of Injuries

Accidents can leave victims with injuries that range from mild to debilitating. Car accidents are the primary cause of injuries that lead to personal injury lawsuits in the United States today. Some of the most common accident related injuries include:

  • Broken Bones
  • Crush Injuries
  • Severed Or Amputated Limbs
  • Spinal Cord Injuries
  • Traumatic Brain Injuries
  • Head Injuries
  • Facial Lacerations Or Disfigurement

Who Pays Your Medical Bills?

If you are hurt in an accident, you most likely have growing medical bills that are difficult to pay because you are unable to work or are working reduced hours due to your injuries. For this reason, you may be concerned about how you are going to pay your accident related expenses and medical bills. If you are successful in your lawsuit your bills may be covered by:

  • Car Accidents

When you are hurt in a car accident and the other driver is at fault, your bills most likely will be covered by his insurance company. However, this depends on which state you live in because the laws differ from state-to-state.

  • Slip And Falls/Dog Bites

Slip and fall accidents and dog bites are usually covered by the property owner’s insurance company or the property owner himself. If the accident occurred in an apartment building, the landlord may also be held accountable. When dog bites are the cause of serious injury, the owner is almost always required to pay your medical bills and the dog may be labeled vicious which means the owner may be liable for punitive damages if the dog has a bite history.

  • Medical Malpractice/Birth Injuries

Medical malpractice cases such as wrongful death and birth injuries are usually paid out by the healthcare practitioner’s medical malpractice insurance. If the case is filed against a hospital or medical center, their insurance company pays your bills.

  • Commercial Truck Accidents

If you are injured due to the negligence of a commercial truck driver, you may be able to file a lawsuit against the driver, the carrier he works for or the vehicle manufacturer if the accident was due to a defective truck part.

What Types Of Damages Can I Recover?

Being successful in your personal injury lawsuit may result in you being awarded damages for accident related expenses such as:

  • Hospital Costs
  • Emergency Room Fees
  • Doctor Bills
  • Therapy Fees
  • Cost Of Alternate Transportation
  • Lost Income
  • Future Lost Income If The Accident Caused You To Be Disabled

Do You Need A Lawyer?

After an accident, you may be wondering if you really need to hire a lawyer. While not all accidents require the assistance of a personal injury lawyer, many do. You should speak with a lawyer if:

  • Your Injuries Are Extensive And Severe
  • You Are Disabled Due To The Accident
  • You Cannot Work
  • The Insurance Company Refuses To Pay Your Medical Bills
  • The At-Fault Party Has No Insurance

If you have been hurt in an accident, contact a personal injury lawyer today to learn if you can obtain compensation for your medical bills through a lawsuit. After a consultation, your lawyer will let you know the best way to move forward with your claim.

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