How Medical Bills Are Paid After a Car Accident

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Car accidents are stressful enough on their own, and can be even more so when a victim is faced with the damages that often result, including medical expenses, property damage, lost wages, and more. If you’ve been involved in a car crash, how can you cover your damages related to the crash without going broke?

Kathleen M. Reilly is a personal injury attorney based in Kearny, New Jersey with over 30 years of experience. She is the managing partner of Brady Brady & Reilly, LLC. In this Quick Question, she explains how medical bills are paid after a car accident. She says that an attorney can make arrangements for their clients to make sure their bills are paid while a case is ongoing.

To learn more, contact the attorney directly by calling 888-981-0027 or by submitting a contact form on this page. The consultation is free and confidential, and you owe no out-of-pocket attorney fees.

The way you pursue compensation for your injury will vary based on the circumstances of your accident.

In some cases, you might be eligible to file a claim against the other driver’s insurance company in order to pursue compensation for your injuries and subsequent damages. If that driver does not have insurance, and you have PIP (Personal Injury Protection) or UM/UIM (uninsured/underinsured motorist) coverage, you actually might be able to file against your own insurance company.

You may also be eligible to file directly against the responsible party. However, the potential compensation you receive from this could be insufficient to cover your damages since many drivers who do not have sufficient insurance logically don’t have many valuable assets that could be useful to pay a significant injury claim either.

Some medical providers are willing to wait for payment if there is a viable case.

In some cases, medical providers might be willing to work with an attorney on your behalf to refrain from demanding immediate payment. If your attorney can prove that you have a viable personal injury claim and will likely be receiving compensation soon, your medical provider might agree to wait until the case has been resolved to request payment for their services. An experienced car accident attorney will be able to direct you to potential alternate sources of financial aid as you figure out how to pay your medical bills after an accident in addition to other potential damages.

Personal injury attorneys can work with your doctor to ensure that they are paid without unnecessary financial damage to the victim.

Your attorney might be able to work with your doctor, reassuring them that they will be paid for their services, while at the same time seeking compensation on your behalf, protecting you from stress of struggling to pay these often expensive medical bills out of pocket. Financial aid organizations exist which will often loan victims of personal injury accidents the money they need to pay their medical bills if an attorney can prove that a viable case exists and they are likely to make back the money they spent on a victim’s behalf in the form of legal compensation from a successful injury claim.

Your focus after an accident should be healing first and foremost, and the stress of medical bills can often inhibit that recovery process. Most reputable personal injury attorneys offer free consultations and work on contingency; if they don’t win, you don’t pay them anything. If you have been injured in a car accident and don’t know how to pay your bills, seek legal counsel to find out what options are available to you.

To learn more, contact Kathleen Reilly directly by calling 888-981-0027 or by submitting a contact form on this page. The consultation is free and confidential, and you owe no out-of-pocket attorney fees.

Video Transcript:

Christine Haas:

It's a Quick Question from AskTheLawyers.com. How do you pay your bills if you've been injured in a car crash? Here's what New Jersey attorney Kathleen Reilly says.

Kathleen Reilly:

Well, it depends again on the circumstances surrounding the accident. We do work with medical providers who are willing to wait to be paid if there is a viable case against a responsible party. At the same time, we work with the doctors to make sure that while they get paid, that our client does hopefully end up with some kind of recovery, depending on the volume and the amount of the medical bills and the amount of money available to compensate.

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