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Some car accident victims left with sky-high medical expenses

Riding in a helicopter is not something every West Virginia resident gets to do, and it is certainly something that drivers and passengers do not want to do following a collision. But when a tragic car accident occurs and results in severe damages and serious injuries, the ability to be airlifted and transported to the hospital quickly is extremely important and medically beneficial.

One recent out-of-state accident involving a Honda and a pick-up truck occurred around 8 a.m. near an intersection. The woman suffered head injuries, abdominal injuries, a broken arm and a possible broken ankle. The woman's son, who was seated in the back of the Honda, was also taken to the hospital for a check-up but it is believed that he did not suffer any injuries. The driver of the pick-up truck had to exit his vehicle through a window after the wreck.

Emergency crews responded to the incident and found that the female driver of the Honda was seriously injured. They determined that she was in critical condition and chose to have her airlifted to the hospital. The details surrounding the collision have not been reported at this time and an investigation of the accident is ongoing.

While an emergency airlift may be necessary in some situations to save an accident victim's life, there is no guarantee that such a service will be covered under the victim's insurance the way traditional emergency and hospital procedures are. Medical emergency flights may result in bills for thousands of dollars.

When a negligent driver causes an accident, an injured occupant of the other vehicle has the right to file a personal injury claim. This would help with the costs associated with the crash such as medical bills, rehabilitation, lost wages and pain and suffering.

Source: wtov9.com, "1 airlifted to hospital after Harrison Co. crash," April 11, 2013

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