Medical Bills after an Uber Accident 

One of the most important questions that needs to be answered to successfully navigate the aftermath of an Uber or Lyft accident is: Who is responsible for paying your medical bills? For victims who are seeking compensation, the situation is made more complicated by the interaction between the numerous insurance policies and the special status of drivers who work for ridesharing services.

Companies that provide ridesharing services, such as Uber and Lyft, have insurance policies that cover them in the event of incidents involving their drivers. If the ridesharing app, which the driver uses, is turned off, the driver's personal insurance is the primary coverage.

If the ridesharing company’s limited liability coverage applies, but no ride has been accepted, the app may be active. Uber or Lyft’s highest level of insurance coverage begins to take effect the moment a passenger enters the vehicle and continues until the moment they are dropped off. 

The way medical costs are handled can be considerably impacted by whether you live in either Kansas or Missouri and if you have your own auto insurance. In Kansas, you may have personal injury protection (PIP) coverage that will normally pay for your medical bills, regardless of who was at fault for the accident, up to at least $4,500.00. In Missouri, however, the party that is at blame for the accident is the one who is responsible for paying your medical bills. This party might be the driver of the ridesharing service or another driver who was involved in the accident.

Rideshare Insurance Policies

Following an accident involving a ridesharing service, your health insurance might pay for the costs of your medical treatment. Nevertheless, your health insurance provider may submit a claim for reimbursement if another insurance policy (such as the motor insurance policy of the party who was at fault) is responsible for covering those costs. A good lawyer would investigate to see if that health insurance company does have subrogation rights.

If the Uber or Lyft driver is at fault, you can file a claim against the rideshare operator's insurance policy. You would make a third-party claim against the insurance coverage of the other driver. This would be done if another driver was at fault. When it comes to insurance companies, the negotiation process can be difficult, and they frequently try to reduce the amount of money they pay out.

How an Attorney Can Help with Your Medical Billsuber accident

A personal injury attorney with years of expertise can help you navigate the steps involved in the process of pursuing compensation. Lawyers can assist:

  • You will need to navigate between the various insurance coverages.
  • Interact with the insurance providers on your behalf and communicate with them.
  • Be sure to advocate for a settlement that will cover all your medical expenditures, including those that will be incurred in the future.
  • Advocate for pain and suffering damages.

Where Medical Expenses Exceed the Limits of the Policy

If the amount of money spent on medical care is greater than the limitations of the insurance policy, it may be required to file a personal injury lawsuit to obtain the excess compensation. There are hospital lien statutes in both Kansas and Missouri that a lawyer can use against hospitals and medical providers to get your bills down to a reasonable amount, allowing you to be compensated for pain and suffering as well. To determine the chances of successfully obtaining further compensation through legal action, an attorney can examine the situation and provide you with multiple options.

Foster Wallace, LLC: Your Advocate for Ridesharing Accidents

As a law firm that has handled countless ridesharing car wreck cases, the Kansas City-based personal injury lawyers at Foster Wallace, LLC are aware of the anxiety and unpredictability that accompany the accumulation of medical expenses following an accident. Your medical bills, ranging from immediate emergency care to ongoing rehabilitation needs, will be addressed by our professional legal team, which is adept at untangling the complexities of insurance policies and will fight to guarantee that your medical expenses are covered.

After being involved in an Uber or Lyft accident, determining who is responsible for paying your medical bills is a complex procedure that can vary dramatically depending on the specifics of the situation. We provide devoted support with your car accident claim and assistance in collecting the cash you require for your medical bills. We have made it our mission to provide comprehensive legal support to individuals who are dealing with the financial responsibilities that may result from an unforeseen and unfortunate injury.

Michael Foster
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Kansas City Personal Injury Attorney