A woman who allegedly suffered injuries in a crash with an ambulance is suing multiple parties, including a Louisiana hospital, reportedly. The claim was filed in the 24th Judicial District Court nearly one year after the purported incident and seeks unspecified damages.
The crash purportedly happened at the intersection of Louisiana Highway 611-4 and U.S. Highway 90 on July 25, 2013. According to the suit, the ambulance driver crashed into the woman's vehicle at the intersection. As a result of the crash, the woman asserts that she suffered damages stemming from medical expenses, a loss of use of vehicle and pain and suffering. She is also seeking compensation for property damage, storage fees and mental anguish.
Besides East Jefferson General Hospital, the ambulance driver and State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company are named as defendants in the lawsuit. According to the personal injury claim, the ambulance driver failed to properly apply the brakes on the vehicle, exercise due care, obey emergency vehicle regulations and stop at a traffic light. Furthermore, the suit accuses the driver of careless operation of a vehicle, not exercising reasonable vigilance, not acting to avoid an accident and not keeping proper control of a vehicle.
When a negligent driver causes a crash resulting in injuries, the victims may be entitled to restitution via civil action. By pursuing a personal injury lawsuit, accident victims may hold liable not just the at-fault driver but all the parties whose actionable behavior contributed to the damages that the victims suffered in connection with the crash as well. Because this type of lawsuit can be complicated and adversarial, it is prudent for accident victims to retain the counsel of a personal injury lawyer.
Source: The Louisiana Record, "Local hospital sued by woman allegedly injured in ambulance accident", Kyle Barnett, September 09, 2014