Which hospital you go to?
It is easier said than done, but after being involved in a personal injury try to stay calm. The first steps you take following your personal injury are important and can definitely affect your personal injury case. Which hospital you go to is one of those steps.
Of course it is important that you seek medical attention as soon as possible even if you feel perfectly fine. It is possible to feel fine but still have an injury. Below are some general symptoms that could develop days or even weeks after a personal injury.
If you are involved in a personal injury and you have to be rushed to the hospital, it is not likely that you will have a say in which hospital you would like to be transported to. Believe it or not, not all hospitals provide care for the same price. Some hospitals are more expensive than others. For example, a private hospital is likely to charge you double the amount of money for care than a public hospital. This does not make the private hospital better or worse. A private hospital does not received state or government funding so they charge more to sustain operations.
Generally, when it comes to personal injury cases there is a national average of how much a hospital should charge individuals depending on their medical needs. In the state of Mississippi there is a rule that states that what a hospital charges for care is presumed to be reasonable.
How does this affect your personal injury case?
If you were to willingly go to a more expensive hospital following a personal injury, an insurance company or defense attorney could argue your medical bills are unreasonable. Passing the opportunity to go to a hospital that is less expensive gives the impression that you were less concerned about your injury and more concerned about the amount of money you would receive. It is possible for a judge or jury to find your medical bills unreasonable.
Some hospitals can be difficult when it comes to your medical records. When filing a personal injury claim it is important for your Attorney to have your medical records. Your medical records are an essential piece of evidence used to value your personal injury claim. You do not want your records to be in the hands of a hospital who never responds. You also would not want your records to be in the hands of a hospital that is slow when it comes to producing your medical records.
The experienced Attorneys at Pepper and Odom know which hospitals to send you to. It is our job at Pepper and Odom to ensure that your personal injury case is done effectively and efficiently. Our Attorneys are dedicated to making sure you get the best results for your personal injury claim. Our personal injury Attorneys are here to help during these very difficult times. If you or a loved one are a victim of personal injury because of someone else’s negligence, contact one of our Personal Injury Lawyers today at 601-202-1111 in Mississippi or 205-250-1107 in Alabama.
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