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Anyone who has been involved in a traffic collision will say that it is a startling and shocking experience, even if you walk away unscathed. Add in injuries and the situation becomes so stressful that it is hard to make decisions. Chances are, if you are sitting injured on the sit of the road, a first responder is going to ask you if you would like to take the ambulance to the hospital. Many people decline an ambulance because they are known for being expensive. However, there are times when the ambulance will be necessary and can even help your personal injury claim.
There are several reasons you may take the ambulance ride. The most obvious is if you are suffering life-threatening injuries that will require immediate medical attention. However, even if you are alert and do not require emergency treatment, you may still need the ride. If your injuries are to your limbs, you may not be capable of driving yourself to the hospital. If you were in a car, your car may be totaled and if you were a vulnerable road user, the ambulance may be your only opportunity to get transportation to medical care. It is also important to consider your level of pain and what the traffic conditions are. You could call a friend or family member to take you to the hospital, but if traffic is horrible you may be better off in the ambulance, which can maneuver quickly through traffic.
While some injuries are immediate and obvious, others require further diagnosis and may become more painful over time. For instance, eMedicineHealth states that some internal bleeding patients may have no initial complaints of pain and that the severity of internal bleeding depends on the location within the body. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms below, or an unidentifiable pain, it is worth taking the ambulance to get further medical treatment at the hospital.
Yes, ambulance costs can be expensive. In 2019 the San Jose Spotlight reported that the base cost of a local ambulance ride was increasing to $1,795. Health insurance will cover some of the cost, but likely not all of it. However, if you were injured because someone else was negligent, they can be held liable. Ambulance costs are recoverable in a personal injury claim.
The San Jose personal injury attorneys at the Solution Now Law Firm understand how frustrating it is to get medical bills for injuries that somebody else caused. We can help you file a personal injury claim so that you can receive compensation for ambulance bills, medical treatment, pain and suffering, lost wages, and more. Contact us today for a free consultation.
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