You are walking down the street when you suddenly lose your balance, tripping over the crumbling edge of the sidewalk. When you land, you hit your elbow and dislocate it. You call 911 to go to the emergency room. Now, you face months of rehabilitation, because your tendons and ligaments tore in the fall. You can’t work, because you aren’t able to move your arm like you used to or bear weight on the joint. What can you do? Is the government likely to cover your medical expenses? Here are a few things to remember.
Car crashes cost the American people close to $1 trillion yearly, according to a study released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in 2014. Despite the high cost, the number of roadway deaths have actually been reduced over time, leading to an all-time low of 32,675 in 2014.