I was in a serious car accident on Tuesday I was not at fault. The other party was cited by the police. I have a broken stenum which will taken 8 weeks to heal. I have black and blue bruses from the airbag depoying on me. I still owe $353 to Sunwestfcu. I still owe $53 to chase. I still owe $454 to Amex for get work on the car. I have $2000 in my HSA account to pay the hospital . I had to get airvac from Sun City to Phoenix. I have 2 hospital bills coming and air vac flight bill. My car is at the Nissan dealer to get estimate if getting fixed by the other party's car insurance. I talked to their insurance they said they needed to get an estimate on the nissan, medical bills.I lived because I wore my seatbelt the officer said.Not sure weather to take secure loans against my cds .
401kinvestor -- Jeepers! That's terrifying. I'm really, really glad that you're alive and that your airbag and seatbelt did their job. You must ache from head to toe, and I am so sorry for that.With your mental illness and your difficulties thinking through financial decisions, I think the best thing you can possibly do is to get some professional help deciding how to handle this situation. If there is someone you know who has demonstrated over 20 years or more that they can handle money well (see below for my thoughts on that), please ask for their help. This is bound to be a difficult time and is not a time to try to handle everything alone.Handles money well:- Has held a steady job for more than 20 years- Has saved for that entire time- Has no debt other than a mortgage- Is prepared to retire because he/she has maxed out their retirement savings- Is prepared to support kids going into college- Has been through a major insurance-related incident such as a car accident, home disaster, or major medical emergency and navigated the waters successfullyThe above are minimum qualifications in my mind, and you would be looking for all of them in one person, not just one or two.It would be even better if you could identify and get help from a trained professional. They cost money, of course, but it may be worthwhile.I really wish you well and quick healing, 401k. Please let us know if there is anything that strangers on the Internet can help you with.ThyPeace, not laughing at all. But does hope that you find humor yourself fairly soon. Laughter is excellent medicine. Watch some funny movies or TV sometime soon, ok?
I have $2000 in my HSA account to pay the hospital . ...I talked to their insurance they said they needed to get an estimate on the nissan, medical bills.If you are going to be reimbursed for the medical bills by the other insurance, you need to confirm with a tax professional if you can pull money from the HSA without paying taxes and a penalty. Please do this BEFORE you get money out from the HSA, even if the hospital/medical provider is pushing you for payment.AJ
I'm definitely not laughing. That sounds like serious pain, and you have my sympathy. I hope you're treated decently by the insurance people.Do you have any stock that isn't in your 4019K0 that you could sell, just to get you through the worst of this? When you're trying to heal you don't need financial panic on top of everything else.Nancy
Given significant injuries and an accident at the fault of another person I would suggest that you get advice from an attorney representing your interests.
Don't panic!!!You are alive, and for the severity of the accident in good shape. Did they give you anything for inflamation? The bills will come in, and you have time to handle them. Take a week, and start to recover. Unfortunately, you are going to feel worse before you feel better. Schedule an appointment with a lawyer. You may need to have your insurnance repair the car, and have them reimbursed from the other insurance company. The same my be true for your medical bills. You may need to submit them to your insurance, and have them reimbursed from the other insurance company.
I'm very sorry you were in an accident. Very importantly, you are alive - and that makes it a very good day. Whatever happens going forward, dealing with insurance companies, doctors, bills, etc - it's just little stuff - because you are alive. Remember that.If I were you, I would not take any loans out against your cds. Probably not at all, but certainly not at this point. I also would not use your HSA money to pay the hospital or buy medication. Again probably not at all, but certainly not at this point.Talking to a laywer would probably be a very good idea. Especially, if you are worried about paying bills, facing financial losses or not getting a paycheck because you can't work, if you could have long term injuries, or the insurance company isn't responding to you/your needs. Last week I was in my third rear end accident this year so I have some recent experience with insurance companies.If you haven't already call your insurance people. My insurance people have been very good about getting the car fixed and making that process very simple and without cost to me.That said, they always try to get me to initially pay my deductible. I point out that I'm the victim and am not going to be out of pocket when the other guy is at fault. Then they "waive" the deductible, and my car gets fixed.My insurance company has not been much use in getting medical bills paid. I've dealt directly with the other insurance companies on that. One was fantastic and easy to work with; another one has been making it difficult so I'm going with a lawyer for them.Which takes us back to why you may want to talk to a lawyer.I hope you heal up quickly and completely.mhtruck
Broken sternum? YIKES!I wouldn't worry about paying the medical bills right now. Once the hospital bills you, you have at least 30 days in my experience. (2011 gave me a LOT of experience with hospital billing, unfortunately!)If you contact them and let them know it was a car accident and the other person's auto insurance is involved in paying the bills, they are generally willing to work with you/wait for payment. You don't need to do anything today. Just focus on getting better so you can go back to work.
Got the ok to go back to work from my primary physican for Monday. I slept on the couch because I can't bend back on my bed and get up. Seriously I need to pay off credit cards bad. Its not going to be fun going back to work. I have a dr note so I can't lift 25 lbs it would hurt me. I'm staying home this weekend. The best thing for me is rest if I can.
Got the ok to go back to work from my primary physican for Monday. I slept on the couch because I can't bend back on my bed and get up. Seriously I need to pay off credit cards bad. Its not going to be fun going back to work. I have a dr note so I can't lift 25 lbs it would hurt me. Ugh. That sounds awful. When I had my shoulder surgery last year I was out of work for two months, and even then I didn't have much use of the arm. I was lucky; my company has a very generous Short-Term Disability plan. They kept paying my salary and the insurance people reimbursed them. Most plan aren't that generous.Hope you feel better soon, but I know that after a serious accident sometimes you keep feeling worse before you start feeling better.Take care.Nancy
Thanks for wishing me to get better. I'm been playing BUMP'M on my computer and then I press the frown button on Roswell the alien.
I guess I don't understand why you are out of pocket for anything. I thought your insurance was supposed to cover your repair and recovery bills and then get repayment from the other driver's insurance.FuskieWho doesn't think an insurance company that makes him do it's paperwork when he is the damaged party is worth his premiums...
I had to give a "deposit" of $300 when I went to the ER for what we thought might be a bad appendix (turned out to be the gall bladder), even though I had paid my deductible for the year, and my ER copay is only $100.But it sounds like it's not 401k's insurance, but the driver that hit him? I hope the other person had at least a bit more than the state minimum.
401kinvestor, I'm so sorry you were in an accident! I hope you are doing okay. I know I'm late to respond to this thread, but I wanted to express my sympathy for your pain and difficulty.--Booa
Totally agree! Get a lawyer pronto to represent your interests. You will need a settlement from wages lost, etc.C. Brown