If you’ve been involved in a car accident, you could be dealing with painful injuries, expensive vehicle repairs, and a handful of other problems. You might also wonder how medical bills are paid during a car accident lawsuit. This is an important question, as some car accident injuries can be incredibly costly to recover from.
Fortunately, the team at Berry Law is here to answer all the questions you may have after an accident and fight for the compensation you need to get back on your feet. Let’s take a closer look at how your treatment expenses can be covered after an auto collision.
Who Will Cover My Medical Bills After a Car Crash?
Until your claim against the driver who caused your accident is resolved either through a settlement or judgment, you’ll have to cover your medical expenses out of pocket, through your medical insurance, or by filing a MedPay claim with your automobile insurance carrier. These options can provide the money you need to pay for your medical care while you wait for payment from the at-fault party.
While you attend medical appointments and get the rest you need to recuperate from your car accident injuries, your attorney will investigate your collision, prepare your lawsuit, and represent you in court. If your suit is successful, the at-fault motorist or their liability insurance carrier will likely pay for all or a portion of your medical bills.
Serious car accidents can result in multiple injuries, varying in severity. That means you could require several treatments, medications, and other forms of medical care to recover fully. Fortunately, a skilled attorney can seek compensation for all your medical expenses.
Filing a Claim With Your MedPay Policy
If your personal auto insurance policy includes MedPay, it will provide coverage for collision-related medical care. The money you receive from your MedPay plan can cover your medical bills until you receive compensation from the at-fault driver.
Who Pays My Medical Bills If I Was Partially at Fault for the Car Accident?
Since Nebraska follows a comparative negligence standard, the other driver involved in your car accident may still pay a portion of your medical bills even if you were partially at fault for the crash. As long as you’re less than 50% to blame for the incident, you’ll still be able to recover damages from the other driver.
That said, the amount of compensation you’re able to collect from the other driver will be reduced in proportion to your percentage of fault. For instance, if a court finds that you are 20% to blame for a car accident and you incurred $100,000 of medical bills, you’ll only be able to recover $80,000 from the other driver.
Medical Expenses a Successful Car Accident Lawsuit Can Cover
A successful MedPay claim or civil suit can cover medical bills for a number of different treatments and forms of care. With the help of an experienced attorney, you’ll be able to obtain payment for the following:
- Doctor’s appointments
- Hospital treatment
- Ambulance transportation
- Surgery and other operations
- Physical therapy sessions
- Assistive medical devices
- Prescription medications
Additional Losses a Winning Lawsuit Can Cover
Medical bills aren’t the only financial loss you can obtain compensation for by filing a lawsuit. If your insurance claim or lawsuit is successful, you could receive several different economic and non-economic damages. Depending on how the car accident has impacted your life and livelihood, you could receive several or more of the following damages:
- Vehicle repair costs
- Lost wages
- Decreased earning ability
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Loss of enjoyment of life
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How Long You Have to File a Car Accident Lawsuit
To ensure you have the best possible chance at having your medical bills paid for by the at-fault driver, you’ll want to familiarize yourself with Nebraska’s statute of limitations for car accident suits. A statute of limitation is essentially the timeframe in which you must submit your civil suit.
If you fail to abide by the statute, you could forfeit your right to pursue compensatory damages like medical bills, vehicle repair costs, and more. Under Nebraska Revised Statutes § 25-207, you have four years from the date of your collision to sue the at-fault driver. However, there are exceptions to this general statute of limitations that may shorten or lengthen your time period. That’s why it is important to get in touch with a car accident attorney right away.
How Much does It Cost to File a Car Accident Lawsuit?
If you’re struggling to pay your medical bills after a collision, you might be wondering if the cost of hiring a car accident lawyer is worth the payment you could receive from making an insurance claim or filing a lawsuit. Fortunately, the personal injury lawyers at Berry Law operate on a contingency fee basis.
That means that they don’t charge any upfront fees for their legal counsel and advocacy. Instead of charging you out-of-pocket, they take a percentage of the compensation you receive from your civil suit. If you lose your case, you won’t have to dip into your savings to pay your attorney for the time spent pursuing the case.
Get Started on Your Auto Accident Case Today
Now that you know more about how medical bills are paid during a car accident lawsuit, it’s time to get in touch with an attorney and get started on your case. At Berry Law, our car accident lawyers have the experience and legal knowledge required to get you the compensation you need to cover your medical expenses and other losses.
You can be confident that our firm has what it takes to bring your case across the finish line so that you can get back on your feet. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation and get the legal help you need to move forward with your life.