At The Barnes Firm, one of the questions our California accident lawyers hear every day is “Who pays for an ambulance after a car accident?” The answer can depend on several factors, including who is at fault in the accident and what type of insurance is involved.
In most cases, if you are not at fault, you can make a claim against the at-fault driver for all your accident-related medical bills, including the ambulance which transported you from the scene to the hospital. While you may be initially responsible for your medical and ambulance bills, you could consider using your private health insurance. Ultimately, the at-fault driver is legally responsible for necessary and reasonable medical bills including ambulance bills. Let’s learn more!
Is an Ambulance Necessary after a Car Accident?
The answer simply depends on the seriousness of your injuries. In some cases, if your injuries are severe, you will be transported to the local hospital following a car accident. If you are unconscious or have suspected head or neck injuries, or severe lacerations or obvious broken bones, the EMTs on the scene will send you to the hospital, making the decision on your behalf and in your best interests.
If you’re injured and conscious, the first responders may ask if you would like to be transported to the hospital. In many cases, getting medical treatment, even when your injuries seem to be minor is the best idea. The fact is your injuries could be more serious than they first appear, and it is always better to err on the side of caution, taking the ambulance to the hospital after your accident. If you are experiencing dizziness, bleeding, suspected broken bones, blurred vision, a throbbing headache, or the loss of sight, sensation, or hearing, you should head to the hospital via ambulance for an evaluation.
Driving to the hospital or medical facility after the trauma of an accident, even when you feel stable, can put you and others in danger, should your injuries be more severe than you believe. Remember, your health and well-being, as well as the others involved, is the number one priority following an accident.
Handling the Bills from the Ambulance
Ambulance rides are expensive, costing nearly as much as the time in the hospital, especially if air transport is required. Keep in mind, if you were not at fault in the accident, the person who caused the accident is liable for the ambulance bill and any subsequent, related medical bills. If the at-fault driver’s insurance company denies your claim, stating an ambulance was not needed in your case. It is here that The Barnes Firm expert car accident attorneys can help you, proving your trip to the emergency room was necessary and reasonable, and compelling them to pay the bill. Also, getting you the compensation you deserve!
If your ambulance bill, or other medical bills, come due while you are waiting for the insurance carrier to pay the claim or your settlement to arrive, your lawyer will contact the company who issued the bill and explain the situation, while also handling the rest of your situation so that you can recover from your injuries.
Contact an Expert Car Accident Attorney at the Barnes Firm
If you have any questions or are facing ambulance or medical bills that are being denied by the at-fault driver’s insurance carrier, call on the well-qualified personal injury lawyers at The Barnes Firm. The expert attorneys are standing by to guide you, protect your rights, and help you get the compensation you deserve. Call today for help 24/7: (800) 800-0000.