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Paying Medical Bills Before Receiving A Personal Injury Settlement

by Christopher L Thompson on May. 16, 2017

Accident & Injury Accident & Injury  Car Accident Accident & Injury  Personal Injury 

Summary: If money is tight, you're in a Catch-22 situation―you need the auto insurance settlement, but if you accept the first offer you'll risk cutting yourself off from financial compensation should any long-term injury effects surface.

Paying Medical Bills Before Getting Personal Injury Compensation

If money is tight, you're in a Catch-22 situation―you need the auto insurance settlement, but if you accept the first offer you'll risk cutting yourself off from financial compensation should any long-term injury effects surface.

Regardless, to help pay the medical bills and other personal injury expenses (which can be pricey), you should lean on your health insurance provider. In most cases, you'll receive quicker coverage. Depending on your health insurance carrier, however, you may be asked to provide compensation once your injury claim is resolved.

In addition, if you're covered by Medicare or Medicaid, you should explore using either one of these options as well.

If, however, you lack any form of health insurance coverage, you'll need to pay out of your own pocket.

Documenting Your Medical Expenses

When you've been injured in an auto accident, documenting all your medical expenses will help ensure you get an appropriate payout on your claim.

Expenses that should be documented include, but are not limited to:

  • Emergency room visits.
  • X-rays.
  • Prescriptions.
  • Over-the-counter medicines.
  • Hospital stays.
  • Physical therapy.
  • Ambulance expenses.
  • Therapy sessions.
  • Transportation costs to and from your doctor's appointments.

If you find it difficult to cover your injury costs, inquire with your medical provider about the possibility of placing a hold on your account. Under this "hold agreement," your medical provider will not notify collection agencies, if you agree to pay your medical bills as soon as your auto insurance injury claim is settled.

In extreme cases involving injury settlement lawsuits, you could apply for a car accident settlement loan. As the name implies, this loan can be used to cover your medical bills until a settlement is reached.

NOTE: In cases of serious injury, it can help to hire a knowledgeable personal injury attorney. An attorney has experience navigating injury lawsuits and can give you advice as far as your medical expenses. Also, if your claim ends up in a lawsuit, he or she will already have knowledge and experience with your case.

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