The settlement value
is calculated according to a number of parameters, which may vary in each case. While with some injuries, the immediate medical care is sufficient, in other situations the victim will have to go through a long and often expensive recovery
Injuries like those to the spinal cord
, neck or brain usually have long-term consequences and require adequate medical care
. Victims who require these types of extensive medical care may claim compensation for the future expenses associated with the treatment, in addition to what they have already spent on medical treatment up until the date of the trial or the negotiation.
Plaintiffs who work with one of the available Los Angeles personal injury attorneys can have a better chance at formulating their demands.
Calculating future medical expenses
When determining the value of your case the insurance claim adjuster and the defendant will look at your medical bills
and oftentimes at your medical record. Insurance companies may try to undermine your claims for the medical treatment
and procedures by stating that the injuries were not actually caused by the accident.
By using the medical records as evidence and a statement from your treating physician you can prove that the injuries were indeed caused by the accident and you should be compensated not only for the initial treatment but also for the future medical care.
As a plaintiff claiming compensation for medical expenses
you only get one chance at formulating a demand that will cover all of the costs related to your treatment. One of our Los Angeles personal injury lawyers
is able to help you calculate this amount.
Recovering due medical expenses
The initial medical expenses will always be included in the settlement amount, however, determining the total costs for the future medical care can be a little more complex. Talking to your treating physician and any other specialists you have been referred to is very important. They can give you an estimated cost, at least, so that you will be able to calculate a more precise value of the future medical care.
In practice, most personal injury lawyers wait until the plaintiffs have been discharged and have completed the initial medical care. While it is true that a statute of limitations
applies in California, your lawyer can advise you to wait a little longer after the accident until the doctors have a clear image of the treatments you may require in the future.
Before talking to a personal injury lawyer, you can also use a settlement calculator to find out how much you can claim after the accident.