Taking a ride in an ambulance is not something you think much about until you have been injured after a car accident. If your injuries are serious enough, you will not have a say in the matter, and an ambulance will take you to the emergency room. When you are injured but still conscious, the responding officer or possible EMTs already on the scene might ask you if you want to take a ride to the emergency room in an ambulance.
Sometimes people will avoid taking ambulance rides because of the cost, but you do not have to avoid taking a ride in one. It might be smart to weigh your options. Even if your injuries do not immediately appear to be severe, you could still be seriously injured and taking an ambulance may still a good idea.
But the bottom line is that if you are in doubt, always default to taking an ambulance after an accident.
When is Taking an Ambulance Ride Needed?
As we mentioned, there are sometimes when taking an ambulance ride is out of your control. If you are unconscious, have suspected neck or head injuries, or have severe cuts and lacerations, the EMT on the scene will make that decision for you. However, it might be in your best interest to take an ambulance to the hospital if you are experiencing any of these symptoms:
- Blurry vision
- Loss of any senses, including hearing or sight
- Bleeding from any wounds
- A pounding headache
- Suspected broken bones
Another very valid reason to take an ambulance ride is that you simply do not feel safe or comfortable driving after being in a car accident. While you might feel stable and not severely injured, you should not feel pressured to drive yourself to the hospital before you have to see a doctor to assess the extent of your injuries.
Driving yourself to the hospital after a wreck can be extremely dangerous to yourself and the other drivers on the road.
Who Covers the Bills from an Ambulance Ride?
Ambulance rides have a reputation as being expensive. The ride to the hospital can be just as expensive, if not more, than the time you spend in a hospital, especially if you require helicopter transport. And some health insurance companies will cover the helicopter ride, but not the mileage, leaving you with a large bill.
This should not scare you from getting the help you need. If you did not cause the accident, you are not responsible for this bill, as well as your other medical bills.
The person who is liable for causing the car accident will be liable for your ambulance bill; it is one of the recoverable Ohio car accident damages after an accident.
If An Insurance Company Denies Your Claim
There are cases when insurance companies will try to deny claims because they do not believe that an ambulance ride was needed at the time of the crash. Having a car injury lawyer on your side can help you prove that you made the right decision by taking an ambulance to the hospital.
In most cases, just feeling unstable or unsure about your ability to drive is more than enough reason to take an ambulance to the hospital. Bressman Law can get to work to prove that taking an ambulance to the emergency room after a wreck was completely necessary and the insurance company has to pay the bill.
When Does the Ambulance Bill Need to be Paid?
When you are waiting for the responsible party’s insurance to pay the medical bill, you do not need to ignore any bills you get. Once a bill comes in for the ambulance ride, the first thing you should do is make copies of the bills and call the company that issued the bill.
By letting them know you are awaiting a settlement or claim from the insurance company, you can buy some time before the bill is reflected against you negatively and goes into collections — something you do not need to deal with after a car accident.
How Can Bressman Law Help After Taking an Ambulance to the Hospital?
After you have been in a car accident and took a ride to the hospital, you might need help holding the liable party responsible. This is one of the bills you face as a car accident victim, and often times ends up being a difficult one to get covered.
At Bressman Law, we will investigate your claim to determine who is liable for the accident and responsible for the ambulance bill. We will then start to build a case for you and make sure you are fairly compensated. Call the personal injury lawyers at Bressman Law today at 877-538-1116.