After a personal injury accident, some of the resulting injuries could require surgery. Did you know that your treatment could potentially affect the value of your injury claim?
Some of the Most Common Questions We Receive:
Will I get paid more on my case if I have the surgery recommended for me by my doctor? Yes, it is possible that you get paid more for your injury case if you agree to have the surgery that your doctor recommended. The potential increased payout is caused by the additional medical costs.
How much will I get paid? How much will my case be settled for? The total amount that you will get paid (what your case will settle for) will be based on the details surrounding your claim. Although your payout could increase if you agree to get the recommended surgery, there are many other factors that also affect the value of your claim that should be considered.
How much more money will I get if I have surgery for the injuries I suffered in my accident? You can expect the cost of the surgery to be added to your claim’s value, although the value added might be higher than the surgery cost once other factors are taken into account.
The medical procedures that you have play an important role in the value of your injury case. If you were injured in an Uber/Lyft accident, workplace accident, slip and fall accident, motorcycle accident, truck accident, car accident, or any other type of personal injury accident, your doctor might recommend surgery to ensure the best physical recovery. However, having surgery could also increase your financial recovery for your injury claim.
If you would like to learn more about how surgery could affect – that is, increase – the value of your injury claim, do not hesitate to seek legal assistance immediately. Our injury attorneys are ready to evaluate your claim and provide you with the guidance that you need to recover the highest amount of compensation available for your claim.
Downtown L.A. Law Group is a personal injury law firm with many years of experience handling all sorts of accident claims, including but not limited to the following: car accident claims; truck accident claims; motorcycle accident claims; slip and fall accident claims; workplace accident claims; rideshare accident claims (Uber and Lyft accidents). If you are ready to discuss your claim and your specific situation with the experts at our firm, do not hesitate to contact our experts immediately. Our lawyers are ready to help you every step of the way.
Understanding How Case Value Is Determined
There is no predetermined value for personal injury accidents. The value of your personal injury case – whether it involves a car accident, rideshare accident, truck accident, motorcycle accident, slip and fall accident, or workplace accident – will always be based on the facts.
Some of the details that will be taken into consideration to determine the value of your injury claim include the following:
- The insurance policy limit
- The damages to any personal property in the incident
- The lost income resulting from the inability to work because of the injuries
- The mental and emotional distress/suffering caused by the incident and resulting injuries
- The injuries caused by the accident and the medical care needed to address said injuries
Each of the points listed above is key in determining the value of your injury claim. However, the injuries suffered and the medical care needed to treat injuries sustained in the accident is among the most important details to be considered. This is because medical care is very expensive. Different procedures, like hip surgery, ankle surgery, shoulder surgery, spine surgery, and knee surgery, for example, could leave victims with hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical bills. In cases with severe injuries, surgery to treat said injuries is absolutely necessary. However, there are other cases in which surgery is optional (i.e., to relieve pain or to increase quality of life, for example); in these cases, affected parties could be faced with the difficult decision of agreeing to or refusing a surgery knowing that their decision could potentially affect the value of their injury claim.
What Are the Costs of Surgery after a Personal Injury Accident?
The most common surgeries for injuries resulting from personal injury accidents are discussed below:
- Ankle surgery. Depending of the specific type of surgery, the cost will vary significantly For instance, surgery for ankle ligament repair or reconstruction can cost up to $13,000. Ankle fusion surgeries have an average cost of $8,000. Ankle arthroscopy ranges from $4,000 to $6,500. Surgery to repair a fractured ankle can range in cost from $11,000 to about $20,000. Among the most expensive ankle surgeries, ankle replacement surgery can cost up to $24,000.
- Hip surgery. Hip injuries almost always require surgery, as they are extremely painful, can make mobility impossible, and are associated with the most difficult recovery. Hip surgeries can cost up to $75,000.
- Knee surgery. The most common surgery to address knee injuries is knee replacement surgery, which could consist of partial knee replacement, total knee replacement, and complex knee replacement surgery (which is essentially a revision surgery). These knee surgeries can range in cost from $30,000 to about $50,000 (including physical therapy and follow-up). Other knee surgeries, including osteotomy knee surgery and robotic partial knee replacement surgery can cost up to $4,500 and $13,000 respectively.
- Shoulder surgery. Shoulder surgeries, which could include arthroscopy (for dislocation), rotator cuff repair, and shoulder replacement can range from $6,000 to $22,000. Depending on the complexity of the surgery, however, shoulder surgery could reach up to $50,000.
- Spine surgery. Different types of spinal surgery include spinal fusion and disc replacement surgery, for instance. Disc replacement surgery can range anywhere from $30,000 to $50,000. Lumbar disc replacement (in the back) is more expensive than lumbar disc replacement (in the neck). Spinal fusion surgery, on the other hand, can range from $80,000 to $150,000. Spinal surgeries are complex; therefore, their cost is much higher than other surgeries.
If you decide to go through with a surgery, you can expect your claim value to be affected. To learn more about how the medical procedures that you undergo can potentially increase the value of your injury claim, do not hesitate to seek legal assistance with the experts at our firm immediately.
Contact Us at Downtown L.A. Law Group Today
Whether you were injured in a car accident, truck accident, rideshare accident, motorcycle accident, slip and fall accident, workplace accident, or any other type of personal injury accident, you might have suffered injuries – depending on your injuries, your doctor might be recommending surgery. Will you get paid more if you agree to have a surgery that your doctor is recommending? Yes, you might get paid more. However, the ultimate value of your injury claim and what you could recover will be strictly based on all the details surrounding your injury claim. If you would like to lean more about your rights and how much agreeing to have a surgery can really affect your claim, do not hesitate to seek legal assistance with the experts at our law firm immediately.
At our firm, we offer free legal services – both free consultations and free second opinions. During these legal services, our lawyers will be available to answer all your questions and address all your concerns. Our lawyers will provide you with all the information necessary to start your claim or even change your lawyer. If you are ready to benefit from our legal services, contact us today.
We offer a Zero-Fee guarantee; therefore, our clients will not be required to pay upfront legal expenses for our legal services. We also work on a strict contingency structure; therefore, our clients will not be required to pay any legal expenses until after reaching a positive claim outcome. If you do not win, you will simply not be required to pay any legal fees.
Contact us today to for more information about how having surgery could affect the value of your injury claim.