If you have ever received medical treatment for an injury, you probably realize that medical care can be expensive. The cost of treatment increases rapidly when your treatment plan requires surgery. This is because you are not simply paying for the surgeon, but the cost includes the use of the medical facility, specialized medical equipment, anesthesiology, medication, nursing care, and the list goes on. In addition to the high price tag, surgeries can present incredible risks and often require months of rehabilitation and recovery for you to heal completely.
If someone else’s negligence has injured you, you may wonder how surgery could impact your potential lawsuit. You do not have to address this question by yourself. Whenever you have questions about a legal claim, you should consult an experienced lawyer such as the team at Brian D. Guralnick Injury Lawyers to learn more about the legal process and to protect your interests.
What common injuries may require surgery?
Generally, you should always discuss your medical treatment plan with a trusted medical professional. However, it is often wise to contact an attorney before selecting a medical provider to treat your injuries. You should always be careful not to provide statements or documentation to a medical provider that may be detrimental to your potential legal claim.
While nobody wants to have surgery, sometimes it’s unavoidable. Several common injuries may require surgery, including:
- Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI): During a motor vehicle collision, drivers and passengers might be subject to serious impacts to their head, resulting in a TBI. These types of injuries can be incredibly serious and lead to lifelong consequences. Surgery is sometimes required to reduce internal fluid retention, hemorrhaging, swelling and other complications.
- Spinal Cord Injuries: Any accident can potentially cause injury to your spine. Some spinal cord injuries are severe enough to render a victim paraplegic or quadriplegic. Even in the most severe cases, surgery may be necessary to repair or remove damaged bone fragments or reduce inflammation and compression in your spine.
- Bone Fractures: Broken bones are a common injury, especially in motor vehicle accidents. Sometimes surgery is required to repair and strengthen a fractured bone, or to surgically place metal rods or plates to help hold the injured bone together.
When you are injured in an accident, you can work with a personal injury attorney to recover the costs associated with surgery. Depending on the type of surgery required, you may be entitled to compensation for medical treatment, like:
- The costs of surgery;
- The cost of medical testing and evaluation, including X-rays or other imaging services;
- Any lost wages you experience when an injury prevents you from working; and
- The cost of prescription drugs to reduce your pain and suffering;
If you have been involved in an accident, contact our team at Brian D. Guralnick Injury Lawyers right away to find out whether you are entitled to recover damages for your necessary medical care. We will help you to Demand More!
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