You’ve been injured in a car accident that was caused by another driver. As you deal with your injuries, the one bright spot is that you know that you are not financially responsible. That other driver is the one who is going to have to pay, and you need to get a settlement from them to cover your costs.
Of course, that doesn’t happen right away, and you may have immediate medical bills from the moment you arrive at the hospital. What are you supposed to do to pay these bills in the meantime?
Filing an insurance claim
In most cases, you’ll have the option to file an insurance claim. The insurance company will then help to cover the costs, or the other person’s insurance company will be responsible. This process also takes time, but it allows you to move toward paying off the bills.
That still doesn’t mean that you’re responsible. The insurance company just takes care of the costs and will then be reimbursed when you file a lawsuit against the other driver. This can help you get the medical care that you actually need, but it still keeps the responsibility on the person who caused the crash.
What types of costs are there?
Immediate medical bills or the cost of an ambulance ride to the hospital are obvious costs stemming from a car accident. But they are not the only ones. Below are a few things you may also be able to claim compensation for:
- Wages that you lose due to the accident and time that you are out of work.
- Emotional distress and other psychological impacts that come from the accident.
- Compensation for disabilities, disfigurement and other lasting conditions.
- The loss of consortium if a loved one was killed in the accident.
- Lost earning capacity if your injuries mean that you’re never going to be able to make as much as you would have otherwise.
- Pain and suffering that you had to go through due to that other person’s mistake
These are just a few examples, but you can see that there may be a lot of costs that go far beyond the bills you get from the hospital. That’s why it’s so important for you to understand all of the steps you can take to get the compensation you truly deserve.