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Was it the heart attack or car accident that lead to his death?

Strange traffic accidents can lead to difficult cases. On Monday, a pickup struck a Houston Fire Department ambulance that was taking a man who had suffered a heart attack to the hospital. The force of the collision tossed the heart attack victim and the paramedics around inside the ambulance and the man stopped breathing.

He was declared dead at the scene of the car accident. The driver of the pickup was cited for failing to yield the right of way to the ambulance by the Houston Police Department. At the time of the accident, the ambulance was using its lights and siren. While the man may only be facing a minor traffic violation from the police, it is very possible he could be sued by the family of the heart attack victim in a wrongful death lawsuit.

The victim was only 45-years-old, which could be significant. It may suggest that he was young enough that had he made it to the hospital unharmed, he could have been saved and could have recovered from his heart attack.

On the other hand, it may suggest that he was suffering from a congenital heart defect that caused his heart attack at such a young age, and that could have called into question the likelihood he that he would have survived, even if he had arrived at the hospital.

As with many car accident and personal injury cases, the outcome will turn on the facts of the case. If you have been in an accident and suffered injuries, before you sign anything, you should speak with an attorney, to ensure you understand the implications of documents.

Source: Houston Chronicle, "HFD ambulance patient dies in collision with truck," Mike Glenn, September 9, 2013

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