What if I Need Surgery after My Wreck?

Surgery is often necessary to treat spinal cord injuries, damage to internal organs, and to set some broken bones. Surgery is also very expensive, costing at least $10,000 and usually much more.

Fortunately, you can receive compensation for all medical treatment, including surgery, if it relates to your injuries. In a settlement, you can receive money to pay for surgery, including the cost of staying overnight in the hospital, prescription drugs, and assistive devices like wheelchairs or crutches. Remember to hang onto your medical bills so that your lawyer can properly calculate the amount of money spent to treat your injuries.

Surgery also often results in permanent scarring, which you can also receive compensation for. If you need surgery on a visible part of your body (such as your face), then permanent scars can cause severe emotional distress, including anxiety, embarrassment, and depression. Georgia law allows injured victims to receive compensation for this emotional distress.

Make sure your surgery is necessary and that your car accident is the cause of needing it. If you had a pre-existing back injury that wasn’t further injured in the crash, then you shouldn’t expect to receive compensation.