New York woman awarded $1.25 million in lawsuit against ambulance company

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by Jay Pate

In December 2010, Alstar Ambulance responded to an emergency first aid call at the home of Bonnie Spekzynski of Dunkirk, New York. Spekzynski alleged that the ambulance crew attempted to move the patient from her home to the ambulance by carrying her in a wooden chair rather than using a stretcher or other equipment available in the ambulance. When one of the responders slipped on ice, the chair was dropped to the ground and Spekzynski sustained lower back injuries which ultimately required surgery at Erie County Medical Center, according to Spekzynski.

Following a recent two-week trial in Mayville, New York, the jury found an Alstar Ambulance crew to be negligent. The jury awarded Spekzynski $1.25 million in damages for pain and suffering and medical expenses. Alstar Ambulance & Transportation Services is owned by WCA Services Corporation of Jamestown.

Ambulances, emergencies & medical malpractice

In a medical emergency, minutes and even seconds can mean the difference between life and death. Most emergency medical technicians (EMT) and paramedics are responsible and responsive. However, sometimes an ambulance dispatcher, an ambulance driver, an emergency medical technician (EMT), or the ambulance operating company makes a careless mistake or negligent error which results in a serious medical injury or a wrongful death

Maybe the ambulance EMT did not follow standard medical evaluation protocols or perhaps gave the patient the wrong drug. Maybe the ambulance did not arrive in a timely manner because of negligence by the dispatcher or ambulance company. Maybe the ambulance arrived without the proper medical equipment or the ambulance crew was inadequately trained. When an ambulance company, EMT or paramedic is negligent and causes injuries or death, the victim or the family may be able to seek compensation.

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  • Jim Orr negotiated a $6.75 million settlement for the family of an 8 year-old child who suffered permanent brain damage due to medical errors occurring at a VA hospital.
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