Minimum Amount of Medical Bills
If you have been injured in an accident, you may be concerned that you need a minimum amount of medical bills to file a personal injury claim.
Do I need a minimum amount of medical bills to file a personal injury claim?
Very recently, I had a client contact us about a potential personal injury claim. The question the client immediately asked us was if there was a minimum amount of medical bills that is needed to have a personal injury case. As I moved forward talking with that client, I came to find out that they had had an injury but had received emergency room treatment, not a whole lot of extensive follow up, but they had lost a couple of fingers in the process. The answer to that question is that it really depends on the case.
Every case is different. Some cases are driven by the value of the case or driven by the value of the medical bills— at least in the eyes of insurance companies and their adjusters. The real value of a case, and certainly the way we look at the case, is not just a dollar amount of medical bills, but it is the real cost to our client of those injuries. For instance, a person who receives a traumatic brain injury may not have extensive medical bills after the treatment, but that injury could impact them for the rest of their life. The same could be said for other types of injuries, similar to the example I gave of the person who lost their fingers. They don’t have fingers for the rest of their life, even though the medical bills themselves were not much more than emergency room treatment and a few follow-ups.
There is a lot that goes into valuing a personal injury claim. It’s not just the medical bills. It’s the impact on that person’s life; it’s the impact on their earning capacity; it’s the impact on their relationships with their family, with their spouse, with other people; it’s the impact on their activities of daily living and all that entails and all the reverberations that come from that in terms of their mental, emotional and physical health. Putting a value on that is part of the expertise that you get in hiring an experienced trial lawyer who regularly deals with personal injury cases, and it’s why you should not go it alone on cases like this.
To answer the question, no, there is not a minimum on the amount of medical bills that a person has to have to have a personal injury claim. The real question is, was your injury caused as a result of the bad act or negligence of another person or a corporation? If so, it is for your attorney to help you walk through what the appropriate compensation for that is or an appropriate remedy. As always, if you have a personal injury case that you need a consult on, Brad Morris Law Firm is available for a free consult, and we will do our best to answer your questions and get you the help that you need.
Were you or a loved one injured due to someone else’s negligence and want to know if you need a minimum amount of medical bills to file a personal injury claim?
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