How a Doctor’s Recommendation for Surgery May Affect Your Injury Claim
If you were injured in an accident and a doctor is recommending surgery to treat your injuries, you may be wondering how your claim may be affected by this medical opinion.
Our Charleston personal injury lawyers are prepared to discuss your concerns about your claim during a free consultation. Since 2013, Roden Law has helped numerous clients recover the compensation they need for medical bills, including surgeries, lost wages and other damages.
There are no fees while we work on your case, and we only get paid if we successfully recover compensation on your behalf.
Does a Surgical Recommendation Guarantee a Higher Payout?
A surgical recommendation from a medical professional could be used to prove the seriousness of your injury claim to the insurance company. Unfortunately, there is no guarantee that the insurance company will offer full compensation, even if you get multiple doctors to say you need surgery.
Insurers often argue that injury victims use a surgical recommendation to obtain a higher payout but never get the procedure done. However, if your injuries are serious enough that you do undergo a surgical procedure, the value of your claim will significantly increase, and the insurance company should pay out the full value of your claim.
If the insurer continues to refuse to pay for the costs of your procedure, you may be able to file a lawsuit, which could result in a higher payout. This is generally not a risk insurance companies want to take, so they are usually more willing to pay the full policy limits once you undergo a surgical procedure.
It is important to keep in mind that your health and well-being are the most important things after an injury, and you should strongly consider the pros and cons of undergoing a recommended surgery.
How a Claim for Pain and Suffering May be Affected
When injury victims seek compensation for damages suffered in an accident, they may be able to seek compensation for pain and suffering. This refers to the physical and emotional suffering the victim endured during and after the accident.
A surgical recommendation could add more stress to an injury victim’s life. For example, you may need to take time off work for the procedure itself and your recovery. You may also have concerns about the outcome of the procedure and what might go wrong. You may be able to seek compensation for the stress caused by a surgical recommendation, including stress caused by complications or additional surgeries.
On the other hand, your pain and suffering damages may be diminished if the surgery is successful and you are fully healed.
It is best to speak to a knowledgeable attorney to determine the potential value of your non-economic damages.
How Your Payout May Be Affected
The reason a surgery recommendation may raise the value of a claim is the medical expenses associated with a surgical procedure. Sometimes the cost of surgery is much greater than the cost of other types of treatment. Remember, the medical professional who performs the surgery and the surgical center or hospital where it took place must be paid.
Types of Injuries That Often Require Surgery
Surgery is not always the only option to treat an injury, especially ones that are less severe. However, some injuries commonly require surgery, such as:
- Head and brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries or misaligned vertebrae and spinal discs
- Fractures and broken bone injuries
- Internal injuries
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Having a doctor tell you that you need surgery after an accident may leave you wondering how you are going to pay for it and what your legal options may be.
At Roden Law, our attorneys have years of experience helping injury victims in similar circumstances. We have helped numerous clients recover the compensation they needed for all their medical and surgical bills plus compensation for the emotional and physical distress they endured throughout the process.
We work on contingency, which means you do not pay us anything until we successfully recover compensation on your behalf, so there is no risk to you.