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ARTICLE ID 189214

$________ CONFIDENTIAL – MEDICAL MALPRACTICE – EMERGENCY MEDICAL TECHNICIAN – EMT ATTEMPTS TO MOVE PATIENT ALONE AND DROPS HER – FEMORAL FRACTURE – FAT EMBOLI – WRONGFUL DEATH OF 60-YEAR-OLD.

Withheld County, MA

In this negligence matter, the plaintiff alleged that the defendant EMT was negligent in attempting to move the plaintiff, who was immobile, without assistance from his partner. As a result, the plaintiff fell and suffered a femoral fracture and fat emboli which ultimately caused her death. The defendants denied the allegations and disputed the nature and extent of the plaintiff’s injuries and damages.

The 60-year-old female plaintiff suffered from multiple sclerosis and was wheelchair bound. While she resided alone, she was unable to care for herself entirely and had outside assistance several times per day. The defendant ambulance responded to a complaint by the woman of stomach pain. The defendant EMT attendant attempted to have the plaintiff hold onto his neck while he lifted the ________ pound woman and pivoted her to place her on the gurney for transport.

The plaintiff contended that the defendant should have waited for the assistance of his partner who was located in the next room rather than attempt to move the plaintiff by himself. The plaintiff fell and suffered a femoral fracture as a result of the incident. The plaintiff was also suffered a fat embolus which resulted in respiratory failure and cognitive deficits similar to a stroke. The plaintiff died three years following the incident from the complications associated with the fat emboli.

The plaintiff brought suit against the defendant EMT and the ambulance company alleging that they were negligent in attempting to move the plaintiff without a second EMT, which was against company policy and resulted in the plaintiff’s fall. The defendants denied the allegations. The defendants argued that the EMTs have a great deal of discretion in moving and transporting patients. The defendants further argued that the plaintiff’s death was not causally related, but rather as a result of her dire medical condition and its complications.The parties ultimately agreed to resolve the plaintiff’s claim for the sum of $________ in a confidential settlement prior to the trial in this matter.

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