Why You Should Seek Compensation for Medical Bills After an Accident

When you are injured in a car accident, the medical bills can pile up quickly. With the average cost of a 3-day hospital stay sitting around $30,000 and MRIs averaging about $1,000, treatment for your injuries can become cripplingly expensive.

In addition to the hospital costs, you might also have to pay for ongoing treatments. This might include physical therapy, medications, chiropractic care, specialists and more. And if you are unable to pay these bills on time, there are consequences that can have long-term implications.

Unpaid Medical Bills can Impact Credit Score

Outstanding medical bills can affect your credit. If your bills go to collections and you fail to respond to the collection agencies, the debts will be reported to credit agencies. Roughly 43 million Americans have medical debt on their credit report. Even if you are awaiting payment from you insurance company to pay off the medical bills, your credit can still be negatively impacted until the debts are paid. Poor credit can have serious implications. It can affect your ability to get a loan and qualify for a mortgage. Poor credit can also affect your eligibility for some jobs.

Beyond impacting credit, paying thousands in medical bills can also dry up a victim’s emergency fund and cut into their retirement savings. There is no reason this should happen if you are injured in an accident that was not your fault. You are entitled to compensation for your medical bills, right? By law, this is true. Unfortunately, insurance companies and individuals who are liable for your injuries do not always play fair.

Insurance Companies Try to Settle for Less

If you were not at fault in the car accident, you are entitled to compensation to cover the medical expenses for your injuries. However, insurance companies are often slow to process these claims. Additionally, the insurance company might try to settle your claim for much less than it is worth. Accepting their offer could leave you without enough compensation to cover your ongoing medical expenses.

To ensure you receive the proper compensation to cover your ongoing medical bills after a car accident, you should seek the assistance of a California personal injury attorney. Your attorney will help you fight for appropriate compensation to cover your medical expenses.

“Medical treatments are expensive, and all too often insurance companies try to pay victims the bare minimum. Our job is to ensure our clients receive fair compensation after they are injured in an auto accident,” said Attorney Walter Clark, founder of Walter Clark Legal Group.

Our firm has been handling personal injury cases throughout the California Low Desert and High Desert communities for over 30 years. With a 95% success rate, the California personal injury attorneys at Walter Clark Legal Group will fight to hold those responsible for your loss accountable and win compensation to cover medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. If you have been injured in an auto accident and want to discuss your legal options, contact us today for a free consultation with an experienced personal injury lawyer. We have offices in Indio, Rancho Mirage, Victorville, and Yucca Valley and represent clients through the entire California Low Desert and High Desert communities.

DISCLAIMER: The Walter Clark Legal Group blog is intended for general information purposes only and is not intended as legal or medical advice. References to laws are based on general legal practices and vary by location. Information reported comes from secondary news sources. We do handle these types of cases, but whether or not the individuals and/or loved ones involved in these accidents choose to be represented by a law firm is a personal choice we respect. Should you find any of the information incorrect, we welcome you to contact us with corrections.

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