American Medical Response to Pay $1.5 Million in Wrongful Death Suit

Justice scale on blue backgroundA Middlesex Superior Court jury has awarded $1.5 million to the family of a Plymouth woman in a wrongful death lawsuit against USA’s largest ambulance provider, American Medical Response (AMR).

The lawsuit claims that in 2009, an AMR ambulance was transporting Barbara Grimes, 67, back after dialysis. However, the emergency medical technicians, who were shifting her into the ambulance, leaned over the stretcher, due to which, Grimes fell on the ground, hit her head and died after 5 days. Marc Breakstone, the plaintiffs’ attorney said, “If the ambulance crew had only followed company safety policies regarding stretcher operation, it would not have toppled over. This needless death was easily preventable.”

According to AMR spokesperson Ron Cunningham, “We are very disappointed by the verdict…We are reviewing our options and are considering appealing the ruling.”

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