The Cost of Medical Bills Adds up Quickly in Colorado
Healthcare in Colorado comes at a price. Sometimes, that price can result in astronomical medical bills. When you are injured in a car accident, work-related accident, dog bite, etc., you have the right to pursue compensation. You can pursue claims for medical treatments, hospital stays, pharmacy expenses, rehabilitative aids, etc. you are required to pay for as you recover your health.
The Cost of Care in Boulder
There are many hospitals in central and northern Colorado, but the most commonly used healthcare provider in the area is Boulder Community Health. When patients check-in, they can face an average stay of just under four days, with a total cost of care that averages $58,828.
The average routine charge is just over $19,000. The cost of radiology costs $6,900. Pharmaceuticals run just over $3,000, and the cost of lab diagnostics runs around $2,300. These are averages, and individuals who suffer more serious injuries such as loss of limb, traumatic brain injury, etc. can expect bills far above these figures.
Documenting Known Medical Expenses
Medical bills will start to arrive before you leave the hospital. When you are discharged, you will receive a statement itemizing the treatments you have received and the cost of these treatments. It is important to put these documents as well as any statements you receive in a secure location. For most people, this means making two copies; one to keep in a duplicate file, one to provide to an attorney, and one original to keep in a safety deposit box or home safe.
Forecasting Future Medical Expenses
Some injuries, such as traumatic brain injuries, amputations, organ injuries, etc. will require long-term care. Over time, the cost of treatment will increase. This includes the cost of artificial limbs, surgical procedures, and treatment of secondary conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, etc. that can occur because of these injuries. When pursuing compensation for medical bills, it is imperative to correctly forecast the cost of future medical bills and include this in the personal injury claim.
For more information about the steps we take to help clients recover compensation for medical bills, contact Sloat, Nicholson, and Hoover at (303) 447-1144. It is our pleasure to answer your questions about personal injury law in Colorado and provide you with effective legal guidance as you move forward with your claim.
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