Motorcyclists generally don’t like medical treatment. That’s probably why we occasionally have clients who leave the hospital against medical advice (AMA), although we’ve heard all sorts of stories!
A few clients left the hospital because they didn’t have health insurance and were worried about paying the bill. One client was taken by ambulance to the hospital with a punctured lung but left because smoking isn’t allowed in the hospital. Another client had third-degree burns to a very large area of his leg and left because he didn’t want antibiotics and wanted to use a natural treatment at home. Another client left the hospital AMA only to be readmitted the next day.
Fortunately, these clients fared well but could have had disastrous results. It’s not surprising that the University of Chicago Medical Center stated that studies show patients who leave AMA are much more likely to die or be readmitted within 30 days.
Hospital personnel doesn’t like patients leaving the hospital AMA because of the danger to the patient and probably because they’re worried about getting sued if something happens. Often, they will threaten that your insurance company won’t pay the hospital bill if you leave AMA but that’s a myth that doctors believe and is not true.
Although you may not have to worry about your insurance company paying the bill, it’s never a good idea either for medical reasons or for your motorcycle accident case to leave the hospital early.
Unlike a car accident, in a motorcycle accident, you are entitled to reimbursement for the cost of your medical treatment from the person who negligently caused your injury even if you have medical insurance.
We will seek reimbursement from their insurance company, so you should never leave the hospital early because you’re afraid of the cost. Likewise, never refuse to take an ambulance to the hospital because you’re afraid of the cost.
We’ve also had clients who didn’t take an ambulance to the hospital because they wanted to stay with their motorcycle. This is also a mistake.
Motorcycles are almost always totaled in an accident and refusing to take an ambulance to the hospital will harm your case and could endanger your life because you may have internal injuries you’re not aware of yet. We’ll help you without charge to get the money for your motorcycle.
Philip L. Franckel, Esq. is one of the Personal Injury Dream Team™ Partners at 1-800-HURT-911® New York; He has a 10 Avvo rating; Avvo Client’s Choice with all 5-star reviews; Avvo Top Contributor; and a former Member of the Board of Directors of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association. Mr. Franckel is well-known in New York for representing motorcyclists and created the motorcycle awareness campaign BE AWARE MOTORCYCLES ARE EVERYWHERE®.