Following a major accident, it is not uncommon for an ambulance and EMTs to arrive at the scene and administer crucial, life-saving medical care. This, however, comes at a cost. Let’s take a moment to consider ambulance fees and how personal injury attorneys address these bills during a legal case.
Ambulance and Emergency Response Costs:
Yes, ambulance rides and emergency medical services can save lives, they can potentially break the bank. The average cost of an ambulance ride typically costs $900 to $1300. Emergency Medical Services Authority (EMSA) has helped address these costs for many people in Oklahoma, yet not everyone is enrolled or participates in the program.
When you consider the cost of an ambulance as well as the cost of medical treatments needed after a catastrophic accident or severe injury, these emergency hospital bills can stack up.
Accident Victims are Left with the Bill
The most unfortunate thing about major medical bills is that you are left owing for them. Depending on your injuries, you could find yourself owing thousands of dollars for the treatment that you received, and your insurance may not be able to cover it. People find themselves deeply in debt because of an accident that occurred through no fault of their own. The healthcare and medical insurance systems are unfair in many ways. Legal damages in civil lawsuits can help address the unfortunate imperfections in our current medical care system.
Damages in Personal Injury Lawsuits
Damages are a monetary award sought by injury victims in personal injury lawsuits. These damages are intended to cover a number of expenses and hardships that arose as a direct result of the injuries and losses caused by an accident or act of negligence.
There are two kinds of damages, compensatory and punitive. For this blog, our with our focus regarding covering ambulance fees is compensatory damages. Compensatory damages are intended to cover losses directly related to the incident that occurred. This means covering ambulance fees, medical bills, and the cost of physical rehabilitation. Compensatory damages can also cover any related damage to property, lost wages, loss of future income, legal fees, and mental health counseling for particularly traumatic incidents.
Holding the Negligent Party Responsible
Ultimately, these damages are meant to hold negligent parties accountable for their actions when said actions cause harm to others. By making these negligent parties pay for an injury victim’s medical bills and losses, the legal system tries to help ensure a fairer and more balanced society. From just a personal and practical standpoint, legal damages can offer peace of mind and a sense of justice. They are a major relief to people who have had to ensure a financial hardship as a direct result of someone else’s reckless or harmful behavior.
Contact Jones Brown PLLC
If you would like to learn more about your legal rights and option that you may have after a majority injury or accident of any kind, be sure to contact the experienced and professional personal injury attorneys at Jones Brown Law. At the law offices of Jones Brown, we pride ourselves on principles of honesty, hard work, fair dealing and compassion in our representation. Our goal is to let clients focus on healing while we take care of the legal process of recovering from your accident. Our attorneys and staff are committed to adhering to a strict code of professional ethics. We dedicate ourselves to our clients’ best interests and making the legal process as painless and simple as possible for the injured and their family.