After a serious accident or injury, it is important to take every step necessary to ensure that you receive quality medical treatment as soon as possible. In many cases, this involves taking an ambulance to the nearest hospital. The speed of treatment that can be received when riding in an ambulance vs. a car can be life saving, making it an invaluable service. However, when the ambulance bill arrives, many are shocked to see just how much money that ride costs them.
When a person suffers a personal injury as a result of another person’s reckless or negligent actions, he or she may not have to worry about the cost of their ambulance ride. Experienced attorney Sean M. Burke helps personal injury victims file a lawsuit so that they can be compensated for damages following a personal injury. Mr. Burke is happy to discuss personal injury damages and ambulance fees with his Orange County, CA clients so that they know just how much compensation they are due.
Many people do not realize just how costly an ambulance ride is, and when the bill comes in weeks later, it can be quite a shock. It is difficult to say exactly how much an ambulance ride will cost, because it will vary based on the distance traveled, the medical equipment used, and whether a Basic Life Support vehicle (a BLS) or Advanced Life Support vehicle (an ALS) was provided. However, the basic ambulance fee for a BLS is around $600 and the basic fee for an ALS is about $1000. By the time distance fees and medical equipment fees are accounted for, the average cost of an ambulance ride is well over $1,000, with many getting bills in the $2,000 range.
Compensation for Ambulance Fees
When a personal injury lawsuit is filed, victims can seek compensation for the expense of any treatment that is deemed medically necessary. As long as an ambulance ride is considered medically necessary, it falls under the category of medical expenses.
To save money, insurance companies or attorneys may argue that an ambulance ride was optional. However, Mr. Burke will provide evidence to show otherwise. When it comes to medical treatment, the court tends to err on the side of caution, so unless it can be shown that an ambulance ride was not needed at all, it is likely that any fees associated with the ambulance ride will be included in the client’s final compensation.
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There are laws in place to protect accident victims who have been injured due to the reckless or negligent actions of another person or party. However, the best way to ensure those rights are protected is to work with an experienced personal injury attorney, such as Sean M. Burke. Contact us at your earliest convenience to discuss the details of your case and learn how Mr. Burke can help you get the financial compensation you deserve.