Sometimes it can be difficult to get the medical care you need after an accident, and the out-of-pocket expenses can add up fast. If you are not at fault in the accident, an attorney can help you find a doctor that will treat on a lien. What this means is that you agree to pay the medical bill out of the settlement money you will receive in your lawsuit. This can be particularly useful when you need to have a surgery to repair damage from the accident.
Most attorneys have relationships with good doctors who trust that the attorney only takes cases where there is liability and a settlement will be paid out.
It is important to know, however, that if for some reason your case does not result in a settlement or a favorable verdict, you will still be responsible to pay the medical bill. This is not very common, but it does happen sometimes as it is not completely possible to predict in advance how a case will go.
In addition, and attorney can also often get a consultation with a specialist in the area of your injuries to determine what future medical care will be needed, and what that will cost. Long-term projections are part of your case, and need to be done to determine the full scope and eventual cost of your injuries.
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