HIGH COST OF HELICOPTER RIDE TO HOSPITAL – CAR ACCIDENT LAWYERS MN
Our top auto accident lawyers have represented many people who were taken to the hospital by helicopter for treatment after the crash. 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 have received more than a dozen bills from people around the country 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 including the cost of the helicopter transport.
Many health insurance policies will cover emergency treatment including a helicopter ride, but it depends on the policy. 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 on the hook for the undiscounted rate the air carrier decides to charge, which can be a very big number. As a starting point to get the helicopter bill paid, after a Minnesota car accident every person in the vehicle will mostly likely be able to access No-Fault insurance coverage, which will pay at least the first $20,000 of medical bills. Our lawyers for a MN auto accident always try to make sure that bills like this (that 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 as well as 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.
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 successfully representing and getting compensation for people with serious injuries. We will make sure your medical bills (including emergency helicopter ride) are paid, you are reimbursed for lost wages, and that you receive all the compensation you are entitled to.