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Q: Hit and Run car accident triggers heart attack and leads to surgical procedure, what should I do?

My friend was in a hit and run car accident while in a parked car. He got hurt in the chest. Called 911, the cops came but told to file report online. Experienced severe pain in jaw, arms and chest, went to hospital next day in an ambulance. Doctors notified he experienced a heart attack which was triggered by the car accident because of the trauma to his chest. He had to get a procedure done in order to prevent any more heart attacks. What can we do regarding this case?

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Jeena R. Belil
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Jeena R. Belil
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  • Personal Injury Lawyer
  • Riverhead, NY
  • Licensed in New York

A: Your friend should contact a qualified injury attorney to discuss their case. He would need to file a police report within 24 hours of the accident or as soon as he’s out of the hospital. He also needs to contact the insurance company for the car in which he was a passenger.

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Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
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  • Personal Injury Lawyer
  • Little Neck, NY
  • Licensed in New York

A: I'm sorry for your friend's accident. They should consider reaching out to attorneys without delay. Depending on whether the vehicle is tracked down, there could be a number of different insurance coverages at work here. Some of the applicable insurance benefits/coverages have filing deadlines in the order of days (no-fault: 30 days). Sometimes, hospital staff assist with no-fault applications and assignments of benefits forms, but nothing should be left to chance on those. Most law firms that handle such cases offer free initial consults. I hope your friend has a healthy recovery. Good luck

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