If you were injured in an accident and another party was at fault, you generally are entitled to damages. These damages include medical and other expenses that resulted from the accident. Past expenses present a relatively simple issue because they entail money you already spent on medical care as a result of the injuries you suffered in the accident, as well as property damage and lost wages. However, many accidents result in injuries that will require long-term care or at least care that extends beyond the conclusion of a civil action to recover damages. In that case, you will have to prove both past and future medical expenses. These are two very different propositions.
How Do You Prove Future Medical Costs in an Injury Claim?
Future medical costs, obviously, haven’t happened yet, and can’t be established by medical bills that have been (or still must be) paid. Future medical costs are expenses for medical care that you will receive after the conclusion of the litigation, for treatment of injuries that you suffered in the accident. To receive compensation for them, these damages require a different sort of proof.
Typically, future medical costs are an issue with serious injuries or long-term, chronic conditions that result from the injuries suffered in the accident. You can recover compensation for future medical expenses if you can prove that you will need continued medical care as a result of your injuries. In general, future medical expenses include reasonable and necessary health care expenses that you will incur in the treatment of injuries suffered as a result of another person’s negligence. Recovering such future costs generally requires showing that there is a “reasonable probability” the injuries suffered in the accident will require the injured party to continue to incur medical treatment and pay for these expenses in the future.
In Virginia, personal injury plaintiffs may recover for the future damages resulting from an injury, including medical expenses, as long as there is sufficient evidence. Future expenses cannot be awarded if those expenses are speculative. Proving future medical costs usually requires that physicians and other healthcare providers testify about the medical care you will require in the future as a result of your injuries. The proof has to include sufficient detail to make it possible to ascertain roughly what that future care will cost.
If You Suffered an Injury with Long-Term Consequences in the Richmond area, Contact the Personal Injury Lawyers of Emroch & Kilduff
If you suffered an injury in the Richmond area that could have an impact on your life well into the future, consult a personal injury attorney to determine your rights under the particular circumstances of your situation. The law may entitle you to compensation.
The lawyers of Emroch & Kilduff specialize in personal injury law. They can protect your rights and obtain just compensation in these situations. Reach us at (804) 358-1568 or through our online contact form.