A Wayne County jury awarded $12.5 million last month to a 14-year-old girl who repeatedly was raped by an attendant during a 50-minute ride in a Superior Ambulance in July 2006. The seven-member jury deliberated three and one-half hours over two days before announcing the verdict. The evidence at trial showed that the attendant raped the 14-year-old girl in the presence of the driver during an ambulance ride from Brownstown Township to New Baltimore. The driver reported the incident to a supervisor, who allegedly responded, “cover our asses.”
The attendant was convicted of rape in a criminal trial and sentenced to three and one-half years in prison. Superior Ambulance, through its general counsel, Summer Heil, had this to say: “What happened to the Plaintiff in this case is reprehensible. She was victimized by a pedophile. But Superior was in no way responsible for this.” The jury under Michigan law found the attendant 70% responsible, Superior 30% at fault and the driver not at fault. Bill McHenry and Geoffrey Fieger, lawyers with Fieger, Fieger, Kimmey, Johnson & Giroux, a firm in Southfield, Mich., represented the Plaintiff and they did a very good job.
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