I recently saw an interesting article on the WFTV.com website regarding unpaid ambulance bills here in Orange County, Florida. According to the piece there were approximately $8.5 million in unpaid ambulance bills in Orange County in 2012. Apparently total ambulance bills in Orange County were approximately $17 million, and the ambulance service providers indicate that only 1/2 of the ambulance runs made each year in Orange County are ever paid for. As an Orlando accident attorney, I am very surprised to learn about this large number of unpaid bills. We represent hundreds of people in Orange County every year who have been injured in accidents. One of the most frequent medical providers that our clients receive bills from after an accident are ambulance providers. In Florida automobile accident cases, drivers are required to carry Personal Injury Protection (PIP) coverage as part of their automobile insurance package that is designed to pay 80% of immediate accident-related expenses. When we assert a personal injury claim against a negligent party — whether it be a careless driver or oblivious landlord or the manufacturer of a dangerous product — one of the elements of our claim is always the unpaid ambulance bills. In fact, many people do not realize that a large portion of almost every personal injury settlement generally goes toward paying off unpaid medical bills. Unfortunately, the reality for many of our clients is that they do not have health insurance. Most of these people cannot afford to immediately pay thousands of dollars in unexpected medical expenses. Securing a personal injury settlement from a negligent party’s bodily injury liability insurance carriers is often the only way that our client might ever have of having their medical bills completely paid and avoiding the lifelong stigma attached to filing bankruptcy. Any doubters can rest assured that our clients feel very strongly about seeing that all of their medical providers are paid, and do not want to owe any money following an accident. If you have any questions about medical bills following a Florida car accident, call Winter Park personal injury attorneys Kim Cullen and Robert Hemphill at 407-254-4901, or get a FREE copy of Kim’s book, Asleep At The Wheel – 13 Mistakes The Insurance Company Desperately Hope You Will Make After Your Florida Car Accident by clicking...Read More »
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