It helps them determine how seriously you were hurt.
It sounds stupid. How can a bill measure your pain? Or your difficulty?
But think about it – the bill is a measurement of how much the doctor or hospital thinks people will pay to stop your pain. What the marketplace thinks you will pay to stop your pain.
And if you are going to try the case to a jury – which is your ultimate threat – won’t the jury be more impressed by $20,000 in bills than by $4,000 in bills? Of course they will.
Besides, you are entitled to recover all your bills – or at least what your insurance company paid to get rid of them. (The insurance company has a right to recover its payments from you after settlement – this is called subrogation – but that’s another story.)
And the insurance company can’t know how much to pay without knowing what the bills are.
So track down every single bill, and make sure that your lawyer has them, so he can get them to the insurance company.
I have been a lawyer over 30 years. I make a point of asking my clients to get me their bills as fast as I can. If you have been in an accident and don’t know what to do, call me, a Cincinnati personal injury lawyer, a call. My phone is 513-621-4775.
Because all situations are different, and because there may be other facts pertaining to your case that I don’t know about, you should not rely on this answer for legal advice. I am not your attorney, and no lawyer client relationship has been formed. All discussions are limited to Ohio law unless otherwise indicated. And past performance cannot be used to predict future results.