Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Case Study: Ambulance Crash Kills Patient Onboard

When you call an ambulance to get you to a hospital, you expect that you will be taken care of during the ride. You certainly don't expect to arrive at your destination in much worse shape than when you left. For one man, though, a ride in an ambulance was the last ride he ever took, but the reason for his death wasn't the reason why he was in the ambulance.

While the man was being transported from a medical appointment to the hospital, the ambulance was involved in a head-on accident. At the time of the accident, the ambulance wasn't on emergency protocol, as the lights and sirens weren't activated.

The 79-year-old male patient suffered a head injury and went into cardiac arrest. He died at the hospital. Three other people were also injured in the accident.

It is unclear what happened the ambulance during the accident, but what is clear is that a family now has to live without their loved one. They have to cover his final expenses and make his final arrangements as they work through their grief.

Anyone who loses a loved one in an accident might choose to seek compensation from the driver who caused the accident. In California, personal injury civil claims must be filed within 2 years of the accident. While that might seem like a long time, it is often vital to get the process moving forward quickly so that important evidence can be preserved.

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