For many accident victims, getting medical treatment after a wrongful injury
is near impossible. Without proper compensation, people who are wrongfully
injured may never get the care they need to recover after an injury.
The New York Times' series on the high cost of medical care in America,
Paying Till It Hurts
, revealed that medical expenses in the United States have soared to a
near $2.9 trillion. Together with CBS News, the NYT conducted a poll to
determine just how healthcare costs in the U.S. are affecting people –
- National opinion on the affordability of healthcare has changed substantially
in just the last year. In December 2013, 36% of Americans polled said
that the cost of basic medical care was a hardship. This year, that percentage
jumped to 46%.
- Aside from what insurance will cover, out of pocket expenses for medical
care seem to have increased as well, at least in the public's opinion.
33% of those polled said that these expenses have "gone up a lot"
in recent years.
- 24% of Americans polled said that they were less likely to get medical
treatment for illness/injury due to the increased costs.
Many people who are injured in accidents forego medical treatment because
they are afraid of the cost. Medical treatment for many Americans has
become more expensive in recent years, but it should not stop people from
getting the necessary care.
Rising medical costs actually highlight the need for fair settlements,
and verdicts, for plaintiffs in personal injury cases. People who are
injured by the negligent, careless, or wrongful acts of others should
not have to pay out of pocket for injuries they did not cause.
Accident victims are also encouraged to seek prompt medical treatment,
which can serve a dual purpose. First, prompt medical care can increase
positive patient outcomes. Second, prompt medical care can serve as valuable
evidence of physical injury following an event rising out of negligence.
If you or someone you love was wrongfully injured in an accident, we invite
you to contact Paulson Coletti. We can evaluate your case for merit and
determine how much you may be entitled to recover. At Paulson Coletti,
our Portland personal injury lawyers take on cases they believe in and
believe they can win.
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