The family of a woman who suffered a brain hemorrhage and died days after an ambulance crew dropped her on her head has been awarded $1.5 million in a wrongful death lawsuit. The Middlesex Superior Court jury found in favor of the family of Barbara Grimes in their lawsuit against American Medical Response (AMR), the largest ambulance company in the U.S. AMR says it may appeal.
It was alleged in the lawsuit that Mrs. Grimes, 67, was being transported in January 2009 after receiving dialysis in Plymouth. A pair of emergency medical technicians rolling her into an ambulance tipped over her stretcher, causing Mrs. Grimes to fall and hit her head on the ground. She died five days later. The ambulance crew failed to follow the company’s own safety policies regarding stretcher operation. AMR claimed that the stretcher malfunctioned, but it appears no defect was ever found.
Source: Claims Journal
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