Is it required that you pay for an ambulance ride to the hospital if someone else made the call without your knowledge?

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Is it required that you pay for an ambulance ride to the hospital if someone else made the call without your knowledge?

Asked on November 21, 2012 under Bankruptcy Law, Virginia

Answers:

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

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

You gave no details of the incident. However clearly some sort of medical emergency was involved. Typically, in a case like this, you would bear the cost for this type of response fee, at least if you accepted service from the ambulance crew (i.e. you got into the ambulance and let the crew take you to the hospital and/or you accepted treatment once there). However, if you refused service and declined the ambulance crew's help, you would have a defense to such a charge.

As for the person who called the ambulance, they bear no responsibility for this cost unless they were at fault for the medical emergency or it was totally unreasonable for them to have called for the service in the first place.


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