I got in a car accident and was forced to got in a ambulance car. now i have a bill i cant pay! what should i do?

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I got in a car accident and was forced to got in a ambulance car. now i have a bill i cant pay! what should i do?

My friend asked me to drive her car and we got in a car accident. I dont have any insurance, no car, no home and now no job. I received a bill that i cant pay.

Asked on June 7, 2009 under Accident Law, Florida

Answers:

M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 12 years ago | Contributor

This charge comes under the heading of "accident response fee".  There is pending legislation in Florida (or perhaps just passed legislation) outlawing these fees - with the exception of ambulance services.  Absent insurance coverage, I think that you are going to have to pay this bill.  However I'm not licensed in Florida and perhaps there is something in the proposed (new) law on this issue of which I am unaware.

Bottom line, you could have had internal bleeding; yours was not an insignificant injury.  If you did have internal bleeding, and they let you wait for your parents and something happened, my guess is you or your family would suing them now.  

 

MD, Member, California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 12 years ago | Contributor

You were forced to get into an ambulance? No, either you were okay and could have chosen to be transported by someone to the hospital. Or you were badly hurt and should be grateful you were transported.

As to your insurance, what about your friend's insurance.  It should have covered other drivers.  Check with your friend.  Or was the accident your fault? If your fault, then unfortunately, you may need to consider other avenues to attempt to pay.

Why do you not have a job -- were you laid off or fired due to the accident? There are a lot of missing pieces here.

Try legal aid in your state.  Try www.attorneypages.com


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