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Medical Bills After a Tampa Car Accident

When someone is injured in an auto accident, state law allows them to collect damages if they can prove that the driver was negligent. The damages that can be collected are for both property damage and bodily injury and other economic losses that came from the accident.

To Get Medical Bills Paid For by the Car Insurance Companies in Tampa You Must:

Prove Negligence

Before any damages can be collected, the injured person must prove that the other driver was at fault meaning he or she was negligent. A jury would look at the actions of the alleged at-fault driver and compare them to what a reasonably prudent driver would do in the same circumstances.

Prove Damages

Once the driver is determined to be negligent, then the law allows the injured victim to collect different types of damages for compensation. These can be broken down in two broad categories: economic and non-economic.

Economic Damages

These are damages that a certain monetary amount can be determined. Things like medical bills and lost wages from missed time from work. These have a dollar amount attached based on the loss. Economic damages that are commonly collected are:

Non-Economic Damages

These are for losses that don’t have an easily determined amount associated. Things like pain or mental anguish. Non-economic damages that are commonly collected are:

Punitive Damages

There is a third category of damages that state law allows. This is called punitive damages, and it is allowed to punish the at-fault driver for wrongdoing that goes beyond negligence. This is for conduct by the driver that is intentional or egregious. Some of the actions that lead to punitive damages include:

In most cases, injured drivers do not seek punitive damages because most insurance policies do not cover punitive damages. If a victim thinks punitive damages are possible, then the finances of the at-fault driver should be investigated to see if there is any compensation source that would pay punitive damages such as an umbrella policy or if the person has significant wealth.

Contact a Tampa Personal Injury Lawyer.

The best way to make sure negligence and damages are successfully and fully proven is to consult with a personal injury attorney. Handling your medical bills after a Tampa car accident is stressful, so let a lawyer help you through it. Call now to get started.

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