HOW TO PAY HIGH COST OF HELICOPTER RIDE TO HOSPITAL – CAR ACCIDENT LAWYERS
Our top auto accident lawyers have represented many people who were taken to the hospital by helicopter. Air ambulance rides can be lifesavers when every minute counts. But how much should helicopter transportation cost, and who pays the bill?
In the ongoing, crowdsourced “Bill of the Month” investigation, NPR and Kaiser Health News looked into this question. They received more than a dozen helicopter bills from people around the country. These people were on the hook for medevac helicopter rides that ranged from $28,000 to $97,000. You can read the entire article here. When you call our office after a serious car accident injury, an attorney will answer your questions about the insurance issues. We understand the cost of the helicopter transport and how to pay for it.
Many health insurance policies will cover emergency treatment including a helicopter ride, but it depends on the policy. For example, if an air ambulance service isn’t part of a patient’s insurance network, the operator can charge patients for the portion of the bill the insurance company won’t cover. That leaves the injured patient responsible for the undiscounted rate the air carrier decides to charge. Unfortunately, this can be a very big number.
EMERGENCY TRANSPORT CAR ACCIDENT BILLS
As a starting point, to get the helicopter transport bill paid after a car accident, people in Minnesota look to their No-Fault auto insurance. Every person in the vehicle will mostly likely be able to access No-Fault insurance coverage. No-Fault insurance will pay at least the first $20,000 of medical bills.
Our lawyers for a MN auto accident always try to make sure that medical bills which may not be covered by health insurance are paid first by the auto insurance. Next, our lawyers will work to prove the other driver was at fault and access that driver’s liability auto insurance. In addition, we look to the underinsured coverage from our client’s car.
According to the NPR article, Congress is working on legislation to control the pricing of emergency helicopter rides after a car accident. Hopefully, something will be done.
ACCIDENT MEDICAL BILLS ATTORNEY
If you or a loved one are seriously injured in a car accident, call us and speak with a lawyer for a free consultation. Our best MN car accident lawyers have more than 25 years’ experience. We successfully represent and get compensation for people with serious injuries. We will make sure your medical bills (including emergency helicopter ride) are paid and you are reimbursed for lost wages. Our focus is to get you all the compensation you are entitled to.