When a bad accident occurs, you have little to no control over what happens to you if you are injured. Even if you are conscious, you have no option but to go along with the paramedics and medical professionals. Sometimes this means a trip in an ambulance, but in situations where an ambulance cannot deliver you to a hospital quickly enough, you may be airlifted using an Air-Vac.
There are a variety of situations where an Air-Vac might be used. These include:
- Multi-vehicle accidents that pose access difficulties for traditional ambulances
- Accidents that occur larger distances from population centers
- Traumatic injuries requiring specialized services, where an Air-Vac can transport you to a more distant but more specialized hospital
- Transport from one hospital to another that offers services unavailable at the initial hospital, such as a woman with a high-risk pregnancy being moved to a hospital with a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
Thousands of people require an Air-Vac every year, and most are unaware of how expensive this mode of transportation can be. Air-Vac fees can run from $5,000 to $20,000, and insurance companies do not always cover these fully. A single Air-Vac trip can easily bankrupt a family. And since you have little to no control over whether such a service is required, there is nothing you can do to prevent your family from being the one bankrupted. None of this is to mention the cost of surgery or other care or even the fact a trip in a normal ambulance can cost hundreds of dollars or more.
If you or someone you love has been injured in an accident that required an Air-Vac or other expensive medical intervention, you should not be on the hook for the cost. Whoever caused the accident should be paying for your medical treatment and pain and suffering. The first step would be to retain an experienced attorney who can help you obtain the compensation to which you are entitled.