When Your Car Accident Is Bad Medicine

Car accidents can result in a number of damages. Your medical expenses, lost wages, damaged car, pain and suffering, and more are all forms of damage that you can be paid for. One particular part of the medical expense category deserves special attention. Read on to learn more about how to deal with your medication needs after a car accident that was not your fault.

What Are You Entitled to Be Paid for Medical Expenses?

All medical needs directly relating to the accident should be paid for by the insurance company, whether you end up filing a lawsuit or not. Unfortunately, some expenses can be left unpaid or paid late, which results in the victim suffering more damage to their financial status. In most cases, the following medical expenses are to be paid. If a doctor orders it, it's an allowable expense:

  • Ambulance
  • Hospital
  • Doctors
  • Medications
  • Physical therapy
  • Durable medical goods
  • Mental health counseling
  • Diagnostic testing

and more.

It should be noted that this category of damages is likely to be extremely high, due to the high cost of medical treatment. In some instances, your medical expense costs directly affect your pain and suffering award.

Medication Needs

As noted above, medication that is needed as a result of the wreck is a covered expense. Medication is meant to help accident victims but as most people know it can sometimes have the opposite effect. When a medical need results in more discomfort, it gets placed in the damage category of pain and suffering. To help you keep up with the side-effects of any medication prescribed after the wreck, keep a log of your medications and notes about any side effects. Be sure to date the log. This information will become part of your evidence for getting paid for the general misery brought on by the accident.

Additionally, keeping a medication log can provide you with valuable information about what medications are working well and issues to bring up with your doctor. Accident injuries can create a need to take a dizzying array of medications, so keep up with it and ensure monetary compensation at the same time.

Keeping up with your medication is a start, but you should try to keep up with all of your medical treatments and the way they affect you, as well. Speak to your personal injury attorney, if you encounter issues obtaining the coverage you deserve.