$40 Million Sought for Slow EMS Response After Crash

ambulance-ems-imageThe family of a four-year-old girl who was struck and killed by a driver fleeing New York City police is seeking $40 million for her wrongful death.

In addition to the driver, the family says it also intends to sue the city, saying emergency workers bungled the 911 call and were slow to respond.

The tragedy happened June 4 when a 17-year-old driver fled from a traffic stop, jumped a curb and ran up onto a sidewalk where the deceased and her grandmother were walking to school, according to news reports.

The little girl died before she could be taken to the hospital. The 55-year-old grandmother suffered a broken back and a broken leg. The driver, who had only a learner’s permit, has been charged with vehicular manslaughter.

Fatal EMS Delay?

The family says there was a four-minute delay before an ambulance was dispatched and another four minutes before it arrived at the scene. They contend the failure to quickly transport the mortally injured girl and her grandmother to the hospital amounted to legal negligence.

This is from the New York Daily News:

The News obtained 911 logs showing it took an unusually long 4 minutes and 18 seconds before an ambulance was dispatched to the scene.

It then took another 3 minutes and 52 seconds before the ambulance reached the intersection where [the] driver allegedly slammed into the pair at Amsterdam Ave. and W. 97th St.

Lawyers for the family have filed a formal notice of claim against the driver, city fire officials, police officials and Emergency Medical Services. They are claiming $20 million for the child’s wrongful death and an additional $20 million for the grandmother’s injuries.

The case has sparked debate over the city’s 911 system. Critics have complained that a recent $2 billion upgrade to the system is “a serious threat to public safety.”

Among the alleged problems: 911 operators were forced on June 4 to record information about the emergency information on slips of paper.

The case illustrates how multiple parties can be potentially responsible for a single motor vehicle collision.

In some cases it is difficult to determine what parties are liable and should be sued. A qualified New York personal injury lawyer can handle the insurance and litigation details.


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