If you were injured in a car wreck in Alabama or Georgia, we can help! Many times people injured in a car accident may not show symptoms of that injury until a few days later. This has a lot to do with the adrenaline pumping through your body following the collision. We won’t go into great detail on that part.. but just know, it is science! This adrenaline may mask your injury and you may want to decline using an ambulance. But should you?
How much does an Ambulance Cost?
According to an article by CNBC, “in a recent study, 71% of ambulance providers don’t take the patient’s insurance. That same study found that 79% of patients who took a ground ambulance could be on the hook for an average fee of $450 after their insurance paid out.” The average ambulance ride in the United States can be upward of $1,000.00. While the cost of ambulance rides are expensive, if you have been injured in a car wreck and need medical assistance, the Emergency Medical Team that arrives at the scene of the car wreck will usually suggest that you go to the hospital for further examination.
Do I have other options besides an Ambulance?
If you have suffered serious injuries, feel too disoriented to drive, experienced a concussion, or are just too shaken to drive safely, you should follow the advice of the Emergency Medical Team. If you still decide to not take an ambulance, then have a family member or friend to come to the scene of the car wreck and pick you up and take you for medical treatment. We cannot advise you to take an ambulance or not. Taking an ambulance due to injuries caused by a car wreck is up to you, the extent of your injuries, and the Emergency personnel at the scene. However, it is better to be safe than sorry. Your health at that moment is more important than a potential medical bill.
What if I decide to wait to get medical treatment?
Whether you decide to take the ambulance to the hospital following the wreck or you decide to wait, either is okay and won’t damage your potential claim. Now if you decide to wait a month, then yes, that could be a problem. We suggest not waiting more than 72 hours to seek medical treatment for your injury. If you are unable to see your primary care provider, then go to a local Urgent Care facility near your location for that initial appointment.
Continue Your Treatment!
More importantly, continue your treatment! If the Emergency Room doctors suggest that you follow up with your primary care physician or an orthopedic doctor, then do so! Get your medication filled. If the Urgent Care provider suggests that you follow up with your primary care physician or an orthopedic or any other doctor, then do so! Make sure that your health and treatment are priorities. Nothing damages a potential claim more than not seeking the medical treatment you need or following the advice of your doctors.
What do I do next?
Keep in mind, every car wreck is different, with different variables. No two car wrecks are the same. It is important to have a team of experienced car accident attorneys to help guide you through the process. If you or a loved one have been involved in a car wreck, contact us today!
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