Erie DUI Accidents – Who Pays My Medical Bills?

DUI accidents can result in severe injuries. In many cases, the drunk driver is not seriously injured. However, innocent victims sustain back injuries, broken bones, brain injuries, neck injuries, and other catastrophic injuries. The cost of medical care for injuries caused by DUI accidents can be costly. Who is responsible for paying the medical bills?

You Are Liable for Your Medical Bills After a DUI Accident

You are liable for paying your medical bills after a drunk driving accident. If you have PIP insurance coverage, you can file claims against your no-fault insurance coverage. No-fault insurance pays medical bills regardless of who caused the accident.

Health insurance may pay medical bills from DUI accidents . The company pays the medical bills based on the terms of your health insurance policy. That means that your health insurance company might not pay all medical bills.

The drunk driver might be liable for your medical bills if you can prove the driver caused the collision.

Proving a Drunk Driver Caused the Accident

You have the burden of proving the impaired driver caused the collision. Being drunk might be a factor in the accident, but it is not sufficient proof of causation on its own. There must be evidence that the drunk driver did something to cause the wreck.

For example, you must prove that you had the right of way when the drunk driver crashed into your vehicle for a failure to yield the right of way accident. You might need to show that the light was red when the driver entered the intersection.

A car accident lawyer conducts a thorough investigation to gather evidence proving how the crash occurred. Armed with evidence proving fault, you can proceed with a personal injury claim to recover reimbursement for medical bills and costs.

In addition to receiving compensation for medical bills, you may also recover compensation for your loss of income, personal care, suffering, pain, permanent impairments, and other damages. Your DUI accident lawyer works with you and your doctor to document damages. The goal is to maximize the amount of money you receive for your claim.

Subrogation Claims and Medical Liens

It is important to understand that some of the money you receive for your injury claim might go to to medical providers. If there are outstanding medical bills related to the accident, your attorney must pay those bills before disbursing funds to you.

If your health insurance provider paid any medical bills related to the crash, your insurance provider has a subrogation claim against the settlement proceeds. The insurance company can claim reimbursement for any bills it paid related to your crash injuries.

Your lawyer will attempt to negotiate settlements for medical liens and subrogation claims to increase the amount of money you receive for a DUI accident claim.

Contact Our Erie DUI Accident Attorney for a Free Case Review

DUI accidents are complicated. Make sure you get the facts from someone who understands Pennsylvania DUI laws and personal injury claims.

Call The Travis Law Firm at (800) 401-2066 to schedule your free legal consultation with an Erie drunk driving accident attorney.