Emergency medical responders, including paramedics are true heroes. They respond to countless car accidents and other emergencies every day and provide lifesaving help to those in need.
When a car accident happens, 911 operators typically dispatch not only the police, but also EMS and sometimes the fire department, depending on the situation. Oftentimes, EMS will ask the parties involved in the wreck if they would like to be transported to the hospital for further evaluation. Should you accept the offer and be taken via ambulance to the hospital?
Ambulance services may be run by for-profit private companies, such as Acadian Ambulance Service, or by the government, such as the City of New Orleans EMS. An ambulance ride to a hospital, even a short distance away, can be expensive. On average, ambulance bills can be anywhere from $1,500 to $3,500 for one trip, depending on services rendered and mileage. In cases of EMS air-lift services (helicopters), the bill can be in the tens of thousands of dollars.
Injured But You Don't Know If An Ambulance Ride Is Necessarily
Of course, life-threatening injuries require EMS assistance and an ambulance ride. But what if you are injured, but don’t necessarily have non-life-threatening injuries (for instance, you have neck, back, or head pain but not to the point of being disabled)?
Keep in mind that EMS personnel are trained to mitigate injuries and prevent further injury (think neck immobilization and spine boards). At the accident scene, it is likely that you will not be able to fully assess or appreciate the extent of your injuries. Later, when the adrenaline begins to wear off, you may realize that you have more pain than you initially thought.
When the ambulance bill comes, make sure they have your correct health insurance information and have billed the encounter appropriately.
In summary, err on the side of caution when deciding whether to take the ambulance to the hospital following a car wreck. EMS workers are trained to help!
Did You Have To Take An Ambulance To The Hospital Following A Car Wreck?
If you had to take an ambulance to the hospital following your car wreck contact us online or call our Covington office directly at 985.590.6182 to schedule your free consultation today. Flattmann Law serves clients on the Northshore, including Covington, Mandeville, Abita Springs, Bogalusa, Franklinton, Folsom, Hammond, Lacombe, Pearl River, and Slidell.