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Medical Bills from Car Wrecks in Virginia and North Carolina

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Medical Bills from Car Wrecks in Virginia and North Carolina

As a Virginia and North Carolina personal injury attorney, I work with the bills that get racked up really quickly after someone gets hurt in a car accident. 

Hospital bills get extremely high, extremely quickly.  I’m often staggered by the size of these bills. Just emergency room treatment alone can be very expensive these days especially if it entails all of the diagnostic testing like needing to run CAT scan of your head if there is a suspected traumatic brain injury from the crash. 

Post wreck hospital treatment is costly

In the emergency room, there are bills not only from the hospital but also often from an ambulance that took you into the hospital.  In the ER, the physicians who treat you are typically contracted employees from an outside doctor group that have a bill separate from the hospital's bill.  Radiology or the doctors who read the X-rays and diagnostic testing are often another bill.

When you are admitted to the hospital overnight, the charges really start to mount.  Just being admitted overnight for observation after a car, truck or motorcycle wreck is almost always going to be in the tens of thousands of dollars. 

This is just for one day's charges for the hospital and that number becomes much higher if you are talking about surgeries or other procedures needing to be done. 

If you have a broken bone in your leg or arm even a relatively uncomplicated one that requires surgical reduction to put it back in place the hospital bills are going to get much higher than you might think. 

In addition to the charges for the operating room and the equipment involved in the surgery, there can be really high prices for things like the medical device or hardware that might have to be implanted in your arm or leg to hold the pieces of bone together so they heal properly.  There will often be additional surgeon's fees, anesthesiologist's fees and radiologist's fees beyond the hospital's own charges.  A couple of days in the hospital after a surgical procedure from a car, truck or motorcycle accident can easily be in the hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Most people have no idea of how expensive traumatic medical care can be after a serious injury in a car wreck.  Although your health insurance may pay much of the bill, if you are lucky enough to have health insurance, there can still be some very high co‑pays and deductibles that have to be dealt with by the patient.

As part of what I do for my clients as a personal injury attorney, I make sure that all of their hospital bills from the wreck get paid as quickly as possible so that they don’t have to be worrying about it while I am helping them to make a recover from the insurance company for the at‑fault driver. 

Often the bills don't get properly sent to insurance or are not properly handled by the hospital.  In the excitement and rush of an admission after a major car wreck, a lot of times the paperwork just doesn’t get processed properly.  As a personal injury lawyer for injured people, I am well aware of the problems that can arise and try my best to help make sure that everything comes out properly from an insurance and financial standpoint for my clients.  The idea is to deal with all of those financial and other hassles so that the client can focus on feeling better and getting healed up and getting the medical treatment that they need. If you have been in an auto accident and are facing spiraling bills, I may be able to help. Call me today at (757) 455-0077.

John Cooper

 

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John Cooper

John Cooper is a veteran of personal injury law practice in Virginia. A native Virginian, he was raised in Norfolk and Virginia Beach. He has more than 20 years of experience handling personal injury cases and recently handled the largest auto accident settlement in 2010, according to VA Lawyers Weekly. The award provided $3.5 million to a child whose young father died when the vehicle he was a passenger in was rear-ended by a careless truck driver.

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Jim Hurley

Jim Hurley has been practicing law throughout Virginia for more than two-and-a-half decades. During his career, he has tried more than 100 jury trials — a staggering number — and handled hundreds more that were settled out of court. He is guided by the principle that the client is in charge of his or her case and should be kept fully aware of the litigation process. Jim has been awarded an AV Rating by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating given, for his practice of law. He was named in Virginia Super Lawyers in 2014, 2015, 2016.

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Bill O’mara

Bill O’Mara started his legal career in 2008, moving back to his home town of Chesapeake, VA. He has practiced in the field of plaintiffs’ personal injury and other litigation. He has gained extensive court room and trial experience, including contested trials before judges and juries across Hampton Roads. In 2014, Mr. O’Mara joined Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers as an associate attorney. He became a partner in 2017.

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