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Valuing A Slip And Fall Claim With Surgery - man falling down, senior accident

What Will Surgery Do To My Slip And Fall Claim?

Slip And Fall Lawyer

When you get into a slip and fall accident, you may think that you will be walking away with a bruised hip and a bruised ego. However, slip and fall accidents can turn serious quickly and if you do not seek medical attention shortly after the accident you will be doing yourself–and your claim–a disservice. Some people who have become injured after a slip and fall accident wonder if undergoing surgery will increase their chances of getting a larger settlement. While it’s true that your doctor will be arguing for you to get a fair settlement that covers your medical expenses, it is crucial that you never undergo unnecessary treatment in order to increase the value of your skip and fall claim. 

What will surgery do to my slip and fall claim?

When you are injured so severely after your slip and fall claim that you need to get surgery, it is important that you understand how this can affect your claim. Depending on the exact procedure you end up needing, your lawyer, knows that this can make a claim skyrocket. When you tack surgery onto a slip and fall claim, you are not only billing for the anesthesiologist and the doctors who are taking care of your procedure, but you are also billing for additional costs. This could be things like: 

  • Pain and suffering from the recovery
  • Lost wages if you needed to miss work from the surgery and recovery
  • Medication post-procedure
  • Your recovery care, hospitalization, and even rehabilitation

What if the insurance company reaches out before my surgery? 

If you know that you need to get surgery following your slip and fall accident but the other party’s insurance company is trying to speak with you before the surgery, understand that this is a tactic to get you to accept a settlement offer. In fact, the insurance company may even try to offer you a fairly large number that sounds great at first. However, without knowing what the surgery will cost you, you may end up not having nearly enough to cover your surgery and recovery time. This could be devastating. It is crucial you speak with your lawyer as soon as possible when the other party’s insurance reaches out so that you can get a settlement offer that is fair and includes your surgery costs. 

Will it be obvious if I need surgery? 

It is always best to speak with your doctor when you are trying to determine if surgery is necessary and it is common if you are dealing with spinal cord injuries, serious fractures, and traumatic brain injuries to need surgery. Your doctor will give you their best recommendation. 

You should have help when you need to file a claim after your slip and fall accident. When you are ready, reach out to a legal team you can trust today.