Compensation for Medical Expenses

When you have been injured due to another person’s carelessness (“negligence”), you are entitled to receive monetary damages for all of the medical costs and expenses you incurred as a result of the accident.

For instance, if paramedics were called to the scene, you were transported to the hospital in an ambulance, and you were treated in the emergency room, where they performed diagnostic tests such as X-rays and a CT scan, the party that injured you must pay all of these expenses. Follow-up visits with your regular doctor are included, as are the costs of any specialists you must treat with.

If because of your injuries you require a lengthy hospital stay and intensive treatment, the person that injured you is liable for all of those expenses. If your injuries will require one or more operations in the future, the party that injured you must pay for them. If you have to undergo extensive physical or occupational therapy, the party that injured you must cover those expenses as well.

If, say, you lost a limb in the injury, the other party must pay all expenses relating to the cost of the artificial limb (prosthesis) and your expenses in learning how to use it. If you suffer soft tissue injuries, you are entitled to be paid for the costs of the specialists or chiropractors that treat you. Medical expenses include medical equipment (such as braces, a wheelchair, or oxygen) that you may be required to use, as well as prescription and over-the-counter drugs that are required to treat your medical condition.

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