Generally, the value of your Michigan City personal injury is dependent on the nature and extent of your injuries. So, the answer the question is yes. Aside from increased medical expenses, surgery can increase non-economic or pain and suffering damages.
Injuries that Can Require Surgery After a Car Accident?
Car accident injuries that may require surgery can include:
- Herniated discs in the neck and back
- Broken bones
- Damage to organs in your abdomen such as the spleen or liver
- Injuries to the skull or brain
- Injuries to the skin including burns
Some accidents have a higher risk of significant injuries such accidents involving pedestrians, bicyclists, motorcyclists, and semi-trucks. As an example, pedestrians and bicyclists have a higher risk of injury because they are not protected. While folks who are involved in big rig accidents are more susceptible to injury because trucks are very heavy.
Surgical Costs are Damages that can be Recovered
An element of damages that can be recovered in a personal injury claim can include the reasonable and necessary cost of medical, hospital and surgical care. Surgery Costs can include the following:
- The operating room costs, whether in a hospital or ambulatory surgery center
- Hospital costs if the client is admitted
- Surgeon's fees
- Anesthesiology fees
- Pathology fees
- X-ray fees
- Home healthcare fees
- Medication costs
In additional to fees associated with the surgery, there may be outpatient or inpatient rehabilitation or physical therapy fees.
Indiana Law Allows Compensation for Permanent Impairment and Future Medical Expenses
If you experience a permanent impairment as a result of your accident, you will be entitled to the reasonable and necessary costs associated with future medical care and pain and suffering damages related to your permanent injury.
How Can a Michigan City Personal Injury Lawyer Help?
Ensuring that you fair compensation for your personal injury claim can be a complicated process especially if you have to undergo surgery and are permanently injured. Insurance companies review medical expenses line by line and attempt to nickel and dime the charges. Additionally, they attempt to use databases to artificially assign costs to the medical care. The insurance company may challenge whether a certain treatment or medication is needed. Experts may be needed to determine and testify that the medical treatments were necessary and related to the accident.
We understand the tactics used by insurance companies. Yes, we know their playbook and underhanded tactics. We know the evidence that will be required to prove your case to a judge or jury, and will advocate for fair and adequate compensation for your injuries.
If you have any questions about an accident that required surgery, call Guy DiMartino Law at (219) 690-8997.