Getting surgery could increase your injury claim settlement’s value. The more severe your injuries (and the more extensive your medical care), the more you can likely request for your losses.
Surgery is just one recoverable damage through an insurance claim or lawsuit. You could also pursue the cost of medications, hospitalization, physical therapy, and other associated care needs. A lawyer from our firm can assess your personal injury case and explain what you can recover.
You Can Recover the Cost of Surgical Procedures in Your Injury Claim Settlement
Even seemingly minor surgeries can cost thousands of dollars. JAMA Surgery researched how much the average surgery costs. It noted that among multiple fields, one can expect to pay about $36 per minute in the operating room.
Now, imagine one needs spinal fusion. That surgery can take about four hours. So, based on this information, one can expect to pay at least $8,600. That doesn’t factor in the cost of where the surgery happens, who is performing it, post-surgery care, and potential complications.
An injury claim settlement should account for each of your losses, including those related to surgical procedures. After negotiations, your settlement could include coverage for:
- Nursing staff
- In-patient hospital stays
- Physical therapy
- Follow-up appointments
Our team believes that you deserve compensation for each of your injury-related losses. If another party’s actions caused your condition, they should pay for your expenses.
You Can Recover More Than Surgical Costs
Your accident may have impacted your earning ability, mobility, and other areas of your life. Compensation in your case should reflect that. In addition to recovering medical expenses, a settlement could account for:
- Lost wages, tips, and employment-related benefits, such as insurance coverage
- Pain and suffering
- Property damage expenses (for instance, damage to your car)
- Mental anguish
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Funeral expenses (if you lost a loved one)
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How Is My Settlement’s Value Calculated?
Calculating the value of your settlement requires lawyers and insurance agents to consider various aspects of your situation, including:
- Your mobility and day-to-day function
- Your missed time from work
- Any disability-accessible modifications to your home and vehicle
- Your diagnosis and prognosis
Many insurance companies have specific formulas to calculate how much claims are worth. However, these calculations are not always accurate. When you partner with a personal injury lawyer, they can assess your situation and explain what constitutes a fair settlement offer. Then, they’ll do everything possible to recover that amount.
You Have Options for Recovering Compensation
Many injured claimants recover damages through insurance settlements, and these settlements usually cover the cost of any necessary medical procedures.
However, insurance companies sometimes refuse to extend fair offers. The claims adjuster may offer less than you deserve or refuse to acknowledge your claim at all. In this situation, your lawyer can negotiate for a better offer or file an injury lawsuit against the at-fault party.
You Can File a Lawsuit to Recover Damages
You have about two years to seek compensation through a lawsuit, per O.C.G.A. § 9-3-33. You can get started on your claim today. Your filing period begins from the date you suffered harm or discovered your condition, depending on your situation.
Filing and completing a lawsuit includes:
- Interviewing witnesses
- Proving negligence
- Applying state law to your case
- Determining fault
- Following courtroom protocols
- Consulting with expert witnesses
- Exchanging information with the other party’s legal team
Your lawyer will offer customized services that meet your unique situation. As such, your lawsuit may require additional services not listed here.
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How Long does Getting a Settlement Take After Suffering Harm?
The amount of time it takes to settle your claim can vary based on a number of factors, including the insurance company’s willingness to negotiate. Other factors include:
- Whether you’ve reached maximum medical improvement (MMI)
- The cost of your losses
- What you’re entitled to under the liable insurance policy
- The strength of your case’s supporting evidence
- The availability of certain information
Some insurance companies work aggressively to deny requests for compensation. They may repeatedly send you subpar settlement offers that do not cover all of your losses. Our team can step in to help through negotiations and provide detailed documentation.
We hope to resolve your case as quickly as possible. We will combat any challenges that impede your case’s progression so you can collect compensation and move on.
Speak to a Lawyer About Surgeries and Settlements
Will getting surgery increase your injury claim settlement in Atlanta? If it’s critical to your recovery, then yes, you can likely pursue additional funds. Yet, securing compensation isn’t as simple as it seems. Bader Scott Injury Lawyers will assign a personal injury lawyer to manage your case from beginning to end.
We’re ready to answer your questions now. During your free case review, we can discuss the cost of your losses, the cause of your accident, and what you’re expecting from the claims process.