If my wife got sick at a restaurant and it called an ambulance, can the restaurant be held liable for the cost of the ambulance?

She consented to be taken to the emergency room. We received an $1100 bill for the ambulance, of which our insurance will only cover about 50%.

Asked on September 24, 2012 under Bankruptcy Law, Connecticut

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

If the restaurant caused her to become ill--for example, some food was spoiled or contaminated--then you may be able to hold them responsible for the cost of the ambulence and any other costs or losses (e.g. emergency room; loss of wages if she missed any work; etc.). However, if you can't prove that the restaurant caused the illness, then they are not responsible--e.g. they are not responsible if you wife had the flu and collapsed, and they simply happened to call for the ambulence.


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