If I fainted at work but did not get injured and said not to call an ambulance yet they did so anyway, should I have to pay for that bill?

UPDATED: Jul 5, 2012

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If I fainted at work but did not get injured and said not to call an ambulance yet they did so anyway, should I have to pay for that bill?

Once they got me to the bench I was still scatterbrained but I did come too. I felt fine and then they asked me if I needed an ambulance. I said no. After not finding me a ride to the hospital they then told me if we cant find anyone to take you we have to call the ambulance. I replied I dont want to go I can not afford it I do not have insurance. They still called. I just wanted to go home. They doctor then told me the reason I most likely fainted was because of dydration. well at my work I was not able to have a water bottle or anything with me while working. I feel like its not my fault.

Asked on July 5, 2012 under Employment Labor Law, Washington


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Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

If you fainted at work and an ambulance was called to take you to the hospital over your protests, most likely your employer's worker's compensation policy required to be in place will cover your medical expenses with respect to the fainting spell that you had.

I suggest that you consult with your human resources department about how these expenses will be paid and if your employer's worker's compensation policy presumably in effect applies.

Ordinarily under the laws of all states in this country, if a person looks as though medical assistance is needed for his or her treatment and an ambulance is called for that person, the person needing the assistance is required to pay for it even though the seemingly injured person did not want the medical care provided.

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