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After an injury, medical expenses can pile up quickly. Emergency care, specialist follow-ups, imaging, diagnostics, surgery, pain management and physical therapy are all common after car crashes, truck accidents and slip and fall incidents.   

It’s important to see a doctor as soon as possible after an accident to protect your own health, get an accurate diagnosis and begin receiving the care you need. But it’s also important for the viability of your personal injury suit. Your medical care and the resulting bills and receipts create a record of what happened, tying your expenses to the injury and the accident. From the moment your treatment begins, you’ll want to document every bill and service. You’ll likely need them to demonstrate that your expenses were reasonable and necessary.  

How do you prove that your expenses were reasonable and necessary?  

In a personal injury case, the at-fault party can be held liable for reasonable and necessary medical expenses, as well as for future medical expenses. As the plaintiff, though, it’s your job to prove that your expenses were reasonable and necessary. Your personal injury attorney helps do this, both by collecting evidence early on and by presenting your medical records in the most compelling way.  

While your attorney will submit your medical bills as evidence, it’s also sometimes necessary to draw on expert testimony—especially if the insurance company tries to argue that your injuries aren’t as serious as you say or are unconnected to the accident. Such testimony may be used to show that:

  • Your bills are authentic  
  • Your medical expenses are fair and within a similar range to other providers 
  • Your medical expenses were directly related to your injury, not another health issue 
  • Your medical expenses were necessary (i.e., they were the best course of treatment for your injuries and were not experimental) 

Because insurance companies often challenge the extent of your injuries and your course of treatment, it’s critical to have a personal injury attorney who understands how to demonstrate that your care has been appropriate. In some cases, your own testimony is enough to do this, as you can detail what occurred in the accident, talk about how you were hurt and describe the care you received. In other situations, your attorney might ask your provider to testify about the extent of your injury, your treatment and your pain.  

Contact an Experienced Personal Injury Attorney at The King Firm 

If you’ve been hurt in an accident that was not your fault, you need help proving that the medical care you received was justified. Insurance companies will try to argue that you received unnecessary treatment or that your treatment was not connected to your accident-related injury. At The King Firm, our team has the experience and knowledge necessary to pursue the best possible results for your case. We will gather the appropriate evidence needed to document your medical expenses, then call on any necessary witnesses to authenticate it. Contact us today at 229-515-8585 for a free case consultation. 

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