Medical Treatment and Bills
After an accident, you may bear expensive costs for medical treatment and bills can start to add up quickly. Unfortunately, in many cases, you may be unable to work as a result of the accident and the injuries you sustained. This can cause the situation to go from bad to worse as you have high medical expenses at the same time as you are unable to earn income.
Fortunately, in many situations, the law provides you with the opportunity to have your medical treatment and bills paid. An experienced Boston personal injury attorney can explain to you when your medical treatment and bills should be covered. At The Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Glassman, LLC, we can do more than just help you to understand your right to compensation. We can also work with you to build a strong case and to get the coverage for medical costs, lost wages and other damages. Contact us today at (617) 367-2900 or online to learn more about how we can help.Boston Laws on Medical Treatment and Bills After an Accident
There are several situations in which you can have your medical treatment and bills paid after an accident:
- You can have your medical treatment and bills covered when you suffer an injury at work.
In this instance, your compensation would come from workers' compensation and your employer's workers' compensation insurer would pay your costs. You are limited to receiving medical costs, partial lost wages and other damages as defined by the workers' compensation statute and you may not sue your employer to collect compensation for things such as pain and suffering and emotional distress.
- You can have your medical treatment and bills covered when you are involved in a car accident.
Every driver in Massachusetts must purchase personal injury protection (PIP). Personal injury protection generally provides coverage for up to $8,000 in medical costs and lost wages (depending on policy limits). This coverage is provided no matter who caused the accident so you can have your bills paid even when you were at fault.
- You can have your medical treatment and bills covered when someone else caused you to suffer an accident or to experience an injury.
This includes car accidents involving more than $2,000 in medical costs, or involving broken bones or disfigurement. It also includes slip and falls and other accidents on property belonging to another; dog bites; defective products; medical malpractice; and essentially any other situation where someone causes you harm.
This coverage for medical treatment and medical bills comes from tort laws in the state of Massachusetts. These laws give you the right to file a personal injury claim against a person or entity who breaches a legal duty and causes you harm.
In many personal injury cases, you will need to prove that the other party was negligent in causing your injury. However, this is not always the case; for instance, in product liability cases where a defective product hurt you, it may be enough to show that you were using the product the way you were supposed to and got hurt as a result of some defect or problem with the product. Your Boston personal injury lawyer will explain to you what you must prove based on the cause of your accident and injury and help you to get the evidence you need.Getting Legal Help
The law provides broad protection to people who suffer injuries in order to ensure that they do not have to bear the financial costs of an accident or injury that someone else caused. You should always take advantage of your rights under the law and fight to have your medical treatment and bills paid for you so that an accident doesn't devastate you financially.
To learn more about how a Boston personal injury lawyer can help you to get your medical bills and costs paid, contact The Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Glassman, LLC today at (617) 367-2900 or using our online form.