The victim of an accident has the right to file a personal injury claim. The size of the victim’s compensation depends to a great extent on the treatment prescribed for and used on the victim’s injuries.
What is the primary loss for which an accident victim gets compensated?
Victims are compensated for their medical expenses. As the total for medical expenses increases, the size of the expected payout increases. The treatment for a given injury might involve the administering of an intervention. The more aggressive the intervention that gets prescribed by the patient’s doctor, the higher the settlement or award that is given to the treated victim.
What qualifies as an aggressive intervention?
Surgery belongs on any listing of aggressive interventions. The simple act of taking an accident victim to a source of emergency medical services qualifies as an example of aggressive intervention. Some medical tests are quite invasive. For instance, a spinal tap calls for the removal of liquid from the spinal cord, using a large device, for puncturing the skin and the nervous tissue. Following a spinal tap, the tapped patient must remain in a horizontal position for 6 hours. The length of that recovery testifies to the invasive nature of the tapping procedure.
Other noteworthy indications of physical harm to the body
• An accident victim becomes unconscious for a brief period, immediately after the accident’s occurrence.
• A puncture wound
• Pain in the area of hard tissue, as opposed to pain in a region of soft tissue
• Inability to use an appendage
• Loss of flexibility; loss of ability to provide expected level of support
• Patient struggles to breathe
Essential action for an accident victim
Personal Injury Lawyer in London will ask you to get seen by a doctor as soon as possible. Learn the nature of the problem, and how to note your eventual arrival at the level of maximum medical improvement (MMI). It does not make sense to start negotiating with the other driver’s insurance company, until you have reached that point of MMI. The insurance company often expresses a desire to launch the negotiations at an early date. That is due to the arrangement that gets made, as the time for settlement approaches. The insurance company asks the claimant/victim to sign a release.
The signed release frees the insurance company of responsibility for any new symptoms. Until a case reaches the point of MMI, there could be new symptoms. The insurance company seeks to avoid the need to cover the effects imposed on a victim that has felt the impact of new symptoms. Any indication of physical harm should alert an accident victim to the eventual emergence of troubling symptoms. Discovery of such signs should caution a victim against signing a release form.