How Much Does An Ambulance Cost After A Kentucky Car Accident?

April 22 2024 | Car Accident Lawyer Blog, Personal Injury Lawyer Blog
  • How much does an ambulance cost in Kentucky after a car wreck?

    After a serious or catastrophic injury in Kentucky, emergency medical services may be required to help individuals get the care that they need. Unfortunately, in many cases, ambulance services can come with a bill that victims and survivors struggle to afford, adding to the financial strain during an already challenging time.

    According to Kentucky ambulance fee schedules, the cost for emergency transport in a Basic Life Support (BLS) Ambulance are estimated to range between $2,350 to $2,450, while scheduled non-emergency transport costs approximately $833. The cost of an Advanced Life Support Ambulance (ALS), whether in an emergency or non-emergency situation, can start at $2,750 or more.

    The final bill depends on several factors, including the types of services a victim receives, distance traveled, whether the ambulance ride was an emergency or non-emergency transport, and the extent of insurance coverage a patient has. Depending on these factors, an ambulance ride in Kentucky can cost hundreds to thousands of dollars.

    Victims of someone else’s negligence can fortunately turn to an experienced Kentucky personal injury lawyer that can help recover damages for medical bills, including ambulance ride costs.

    If you’ve been injured by someone else’s carelessness in Kentucky and required an ambulance, contact Hughes & Coleman today. Our injury attorneys can help negotiate with the insurance company on your behalf to ensure you receive fair compensation for all your medical expenses, including the costs associated with ambulance rides.

    Call us now at 800-800-4600 for a free consultation. Our legal team is available 24/7 to discuss your claim.

    How much does an ambulance ride cost?

    To understand how much an ambulance ride costs in Kentucky, it’s important to first have an understanding of the various factors that may contribute to the ambulance service bill and the ambulance ride cost.

    These factors will include:

    • The type of medical transportation required, if it was an emergency transport, or if the ride was for non emergency situations. Health care services provided during the ambulance ride should also be understood.
    • Auto insurance and health insurance that the patient has available and what ambulance billing may be covered or not covered under the plans.
    • How Kentucky’s negligence law may impact the amount an accident victim is responsible for paying.
    • Do you have to pay for an ambulance if you don’t go?
    • Surprise billing that accident victims may experience.
    • How to not pay ambulance bills with the help of a Kentucky personal injury lawyer

    Types of medical transportation

    Ambulances come in various types designed to meet different medical transportation needs and may impact the cost of an ambulance ride. How far the ambulance needs to travel to the nearest medical facility will also impact the cost of an ambulance.

    Ground ambulance rides

    Basic Life Support (BLS) Ambulance: These ambulances, also referred to as “first step treatment” are equipped to provide basic medical care and transportation. They typically have essential medical supplies such as oxygen, bandages, and splints. BLS ambulances are staffed by Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) who are trained to provide basic medical care.

    Advanced Life Support (ALS) Ambulance: ALS ambulances are equipped with advanced medical equipment and are staffed by paramedics who have additional training to provide advanced medical interventions such as administering medications, performing advanced airway management, and cardiac monitoring.

    Critical Care Transport (CCT) Ambulance: CCT ambulances are specially equipped to transport critically ill or injured patients who require ongoing medical monitoring and interventions. These ambulances are staffed by highly trained medical professionals, such as critical care nurses or paramedics, who can provide advanced medical care during transport.

    Neonatal Ambulance: These ambulances are specially designed to transport newborn babies who require specialized medical care or have experienced birth injuries. They are equipped with incubators, ventilators, and other equipment necessary to provide neonatal intensive care during transport.

    Bariatric Ambulance: Bariatric ambulances are designed to transport obese or bariatric patients safely. They are equipped with specialized stretchers and lifting equipment capable of accommodating larger patients.

    Other ambulance rides

    Air Ambulance (Helicopter or Fixed-Wing): In cases where ground transportation is not feasible or timely, air ambulances provide rapid transport of patients to medical facilities. They are equipped with medical equipment and staffed by medical professionals capable of providing critical care during flight.

    Recent studies have found that air ambulance services can average up to $20,000 after health insurance.

    Does insurance cover ambulance services in Kentucky?

    Many health insurance policies cover medically necessary ambulance transport, but you may need to fulfill your deductible or pay a copay. If you lack health insurance, there could be options to lower your bill or arrange a payment plan.

    Ambulance cost with insurance after a car accident

    Kentucky is a no-fault state and auto insurance policies are required to include a minimum of $10,000 in Personal Injury Protection (PIP) coverage. Specifically, Kentucky is a “choice no-fault” state, which also means that drivers have the option or choice to reject PIP insurance. Other insurance provider options may also be available to cover the cost of an ambulance.

    PIP coverage in Kentucky

    PIP coverage in Kentucky covers a portion of your medical expenses resulting from the accident, up to the $10,000 limit, regardless of who was at fault in the wreck. This includes paying for medical bills, including ambulance services.

    Liability coverage requirements in Kentucky

    Additionally, drivers are required to hold liability coverage in Kentucky. This insurance can help if the other driver caused the crash that required you to take an ambulance to the hospital.

    If another driver is at fault in the accident, their Bodily Injury Liability coverage or Total Bodily Liability insurance should pay for your ambulance ride, up to their policy limits.

    • Bodily Injury Liability Insurance – $25,000, per person or death per accident
    • Total Bodily Injury Liability Insurance – $50,000, per accident for all injuries

    UM/UIM coverage can also cover the cost of an ambulance

    If you have uninsured/underinsured motorist (UM/UIM) coverage, it protects you if you’re in an accident with a driver who doesn’t have enough insurance or if you were involved in a hit-and-run. This coverage kicks in when the other driver is at fault but doesn’t have insurance. It could help cover your medical expenses, including the ambulance ride.

    Medicaid and Medicare

    If you’re covered by Medicare, you’ll be responsible for a portion of the ambulance ride’s cost once you’ve met your yearly Part B deductible. Medicare guidelines stipulate that you must be transported to the nearest suitable medical facility for treatment. If you request transport to a different facility, you’ll be billed for the additional mileage traveled.

    Medicaid and Medicare cover ambulance rides to a hospital or medical facilities, but they typically do not cover ambulance services that don’t involve transportation. If a Kentucky resident requests such assistance, they are responsible for the charge, which may vary (typically, $100-$150). This can be charged for a minor car accident, or in other situations, such as a slip and fall accident.

    How Kentucky’s comparative negligence laws can impact the cost of an ambulance ride

    PIP coverage can pay for ambulance bills up to the $10,000 limit, regardless of who was at fault in the crash. However, Bodily Injury Liability and Total Bodily Injury Liability insurance typically won’t cover ambulance rides for the person who caused the accident. At this stage, Kentucky’s comparative negligence law will determine the extent to which each party is responsible for the accident costs, and by what percent.

    In Kentucky, a driver can be up to 99% at fault and still seek compensation from the other driver. However, it’s important to understand that the amount each driver is entitled to will be reduced by their percentage of fault.

    This means that the other driver’s liability coverage may be able to pay for ambulance fees, but you may receive a reduced amount based on your degree of fault in the accident.

    If you are not at fault, or even if you’re partially at fault, a Kentucky car accident lawyer can help reduce the amount of liability you have and maximize the compensation you receive for your damages, including ambulance fees.

    How much does it cost if you call an ambulance but do not go for the ride?

    In Kentucky, whether you have to pay for an ambulance ride you decline depends on the type of call:

    Emergency Situations: If it’s a true emergency and EMS personnel determine you don’t need transport, you likely won’t be charged. However, there could be situations where they assess a “public assist” fee if they come out and help you but don’t transport you.

    Non-Emergency Situations: If you call for an ambulance for a non-emergency and then decline transport, you might be billed for the service call. The ambulance company may have a “standby fee” or “public assist” charge for the time and resources used to respond to your call.

    Kentucky doesn’t have a specific law addressing situations where you decline ambulance transport after they arrive. It depends on the specific service provider’s policies and the type of call (medical emergency vs. non-emergency). In Louisville, for example, the “treated – no transport” fee is $150.

    Why do ambulances cost so much?

    Ambulances incur significant costs both in Kentucky and across the nation, driven by various factors. Providers often cite these factors to justify the expenses. These include the need for specialized equipment and trained staff to provide emergency care. Operating 24/7 demands continuous staffing, maintenance, and infrastructure. Additionally, strict regulations, insurance coverage, liability expenses, and transportation costs further contribute to the overall expenses. Moreover, ambulance providers face financial burdens associated with caring for uninsured individuals.

    Ground ambulance “surprise” billing can also be an issue in Kentucky

    71 percent of all ambulance rides involved potential surprise bills according to a recent study, and currently, there is no federal law that protects consumers from unexpected bills, known as “surprise” bills, from out-of-network ground ambulance providers.

    Ambulance surprise billing can be a concern in Kentucky because the No Surprises Act, a federal law designed to protect patients from unexpected medical bills, currently doesn’t directly apply to ground ambulance services.

    This means that there’s a chance you could receive an unexpectedly high bill for an ambulance ride, especially if it’s a Critical Care Transport (CCT) ambulance which typically incurs higher costs than standard services.

    Despite having insurance coverage, it’s possible to receive a surprise bill. This unexpected financial burden adds to the stress and challenges during the recovery process and should be examined by an experienced personal injury lawyer who can fight against surprise billing so that you can focus on getting better.

    Should I take an ambulance after a car accident?

    Whether to take an ambulance after a car accident depends on the severity of injuries, potential risks, and your personal circumstances.

    If you or anyone involved in the accident experiences serious injuries or medical concerns, you should seek immediate medical attention, and taking an ambulance may be the safest and quickest way to receive necessary care.

    Ambulance rides and ambulance bills can be expensive, but the cost of an ambulance ride should never be prioritized over your health. In many cases, your health insurance will help cover the costs. In other cases, an accident lawyer can recover damages on your behalf from the other driver’s insurance provider or from your own.

    If you did not cause the accident, you shouldn’t be responsible for paying

    If you were injured in a crash and it wasn’t your fault, you shouldn’t have to pay. Let an experienced injury lawyer from our firm handle the insurance company and recover your damages for medical bills, including ambulance services and hospitals, lost wages, pain and suffering and more.

    Call us today at 800-800-4600 to talk with our legal team about your situation. We’re available 24/7 to help.

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