Knowledgeable Georgia Lawyer Representing Accident Victims
A person harmed by someone else’s negligence may seek damages such as medical expenses from the people or entities who acted carelessly. Atlanta personal injury attorney Terrence R. Bethune has dedicated his career to seeking recovery for injured Georgia residents. If you have been hurt in an accident caused by someone else, you can learn about your legal rights by contacting us for a free initial consultation.
Personal Injury Victims May Sue for Doctors’ Bills
It is no secret that the cost of healthcare services is rising in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 84 percent of all the money spent on healthcare in 2007 consisted of personal expenditures. Kaiser Family Foundation data show that the annual per capita spending on healthcare in Georgia is a staggering $5,467. This figure increases by about 4.7 percent per year.
An injury that serves the basis for a lawsuit can occur in any number of ways. Car or truck accidents, a slip and fall, or a bicycle accident may all cause compensable forms of harm.
Filing a negligence lawsuit gives many victims the best chance of recovering damages. The victim must proceed through three steps to succeed in a negligence claim. The first two steps require the victim to show that the defendant owed the victim a duty and that the defendant breached the duty. In a car accident, for example, the defendant driver owed a duty of reasonable care to the victim. Texting and driving or speeding are examples of how a careless driver breaches this duty. If the victim can prove the defendant was engaged in that type of behavior, duty and breach are established.
The third step is to show that the defendant’s negligence harmed the victim. This means that the victim must prove that the defendant’s actions were a substantial contributing factor to his or her injuries. Victims normally submit medical records as evidence of injuries and treatment for them. Someone seeking compensation for medical expenses also will need to submit medical billing records.
Compensatory Damages Reimburse Victims for Medical Expenses
An accident victim who wins a negligence case may be entitled to damages. Medical expenses are recovered as economic compensatory damages. These damages are intended to reimburse the victim for the cost of all medical care related to the accident, including ER visits, hospital stays, surgeries, physical therapy, outpatient procedures, doctor appointments, tests, medical devices, equipment, and any other health expenses. If the victim’s injuries will require further medical attention, future expenses can also be recovered.
Discuss Your Injury Case with an Experienced Atlanta Attorney
If you were hurt by a negligent person or company, Georgia law gives you the right to seek compensation to pay your medical bills. Atlanta injury lawyer Terrence R. Bethune can evaluate your case and help you seek the compensation that you deserve. He doesn’t get paid unless he recovers money for you, so you can trust him to pursue your matter with tireless dedication. Call (404) 875-7800 or visit our contact page to schedule an initial case evaluation at no cost to you.