WHAT IF MY CRASH WAS REALLY TRAUMATIC BUT I WASN’T REALLY INJURED?
Sometimes we chat with people who are involved in motor vehicle collisions where—looking at the photos of the property damage—it is lucky they walked away from the incident alive. Very rarely, but sometimes those people also don’t feel that they suffered any significant physical injury.
MEDICAL BILLS AFTER CAR CRASH
After a motor vehicle collision of that magnitude, there is often still an ambulance ride and a significant amount of effort at the emergency room to ensure there’s truly no serious structural physical injury, for example, x-rays, CT scans, or other imaging or tests.
The emergent care bills alone can still be very high, even if they don’t have any follow-up care at all after that. A full workup at a hospital after a big crash can be in excess of $50,000, in terms of the total amount billed, easily.
ACCIDENT IMPACT ON MENTAL HEALTH
Sometimes the fact that the crash was so traumatic can lead to mental health impacts not only from the event itself but also from either having avoided death and having survived (often called “survivor’s guilt”), depending on the circumstances. This can cause people some significant crash-related symptoms beyond physical injury. It might even arise to a level where mental health counseling or therapy is both needed and obtained.
PROPERTY DAMAGE & COSTS
In situations where there is a staggering amount of property damage—and even if you did not suffer significant physical injury—it may very well still be absolutely worthwhile to pursue the claims that you have.
For example, you may need help making sure all of the high dollar emergent care of bills are correctly processed by the insurance companies, including your health insurance, or you may want to minimize how much of those bills you are responsible for paying back, or you may need help figuring out how to pay for the mental health counseling or therapy you need as a result of having been involved in the crash.
All circumstances are different and require careful study with a personal injury attorney. To the extent you’d like to explore if a personal injury attorney can help you with your circumstances, please call us today!
About the Author
Brad Thayer is a partner at the Schauermann Thayer firm. Brad is licensed in both Oregon and Washington. He has been practicing law since 2015. He was presented the 2018 Rising Star Award by the Clark County Bar Association. Brad's practice focuses on automobile collision, motorcycle, bicycle, pedestrian injury, dog bite, and myriad other types of injury and insurance cases. During his free time, Brad enjoys following the Portland Trail Blazers, playing basketball, going to concerts, and playing the drums. He especially enjoys hiking in the Columbia River Gorge and exploring other Northwest wonders.