Pedestrian Injury Care Can Be Costly. Are You Prepared for the Expense?

It’s been about three weeks since the truck ran the red light and sent you flying across 31st Street. You assume you were unconscious when the ambulance brought you to MedStar, because you can’t remember a thing up until about a week ago. You’ve apparently been in and out of surgery, your entire right side is in a cast and your left side is covered by a massive, sickeningly bluish-green bruise.

Your doctor just informed you that you will be able to go home in a few days—but you’ll need home care to continue rehab and treatments until you’re well enough to go to physical therapy on your own.

Your family has told you that the medical bills have already started to arrive at home and you know further treatments are going to be expensive, but just how expensive is a surprise you’ll have to face in a few days.

Treatment Options and Average Cost

In addition to the initial hospital visit and emergency room fees, even minor pedestrian injuries can be expensive to treat. In most cases, if you’ve been struck by a vehicle, necessary precautions will have to be made in order to rule out internal damage; these may include CAT scans, MRIs, and x-rays, with each test costing upwards of $1,000—and this is just to rule out or confirm injury. Ongoing treatment can be even more expensive.

  • Stitches, casts, and braces can range from $250 to $750

  • Traction can cost up to $350 per session, with at least 10 sessions generally required

  • On-going physical therapy generally costs around $100 per session; this means if you need to go only three days a week, for the average six to eight weeks, you could be spending nearly $2,400.

  • On-going psychological therapy can vary from $150 an hour up to $500 an hour, depending on the psychiatrist and the amount of work needed.

  • Surgery—depending on where and how extensive—can range from $5,000 to $20,000 per each procedure.

  • At-home care can cost anywhere from $3,000 a month to $8,000 a month, depending on the care needed.

No matter what treatment or specialized care you require, an experienced lawyer can make sure your injury settlement will cover the necessary expenses. Don’t put your recovery in jeopardy because of cost. Contact us today for a free consultation. We’ll be happy to discuss your treatment options, costs and what we can do for you in order to get you the settlement you deserve for your recovery. Don’t hesitate, call now.

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