Man Sues Ambulance Company for Dropping His Sister’s Stretcher

Man Sues Ambulance Company for Dropping His Sister's StretcherThe brother of a Massachusetts woman who died several days after a stretcher collapse allegedly caused her neck to break and her brain to bleed has filed a personal injury lawsuit against the ambulance company in whose care this incident allegedly occurred.

Paramedics told state investigators that Barbara Grimes was being transported by American Medical Response from a dialysis center to a nursing home when the stretcher carrying her collapsed, causing her head to strike the pavement, the Boston Herald reports. She allegedly suffered a brain hemorrhage and broke her neck as a result of the fall, and died four days later at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, the personal injury lawsuit states.

The state Department of Public Health, which investigated the incident, reportedly found "several clinical deficiencies in the care that this patient received while being transported in a paramedic level ambulance."

This lawsuit comes shortly after the ambulance services provider settled other, unrelated litigation, according to Bloomberg. In October of last year, a former employee filed a wrongful termination suit against the company, claiming she was fired for criticizing a supervisor on Facebook. The company settled that suit this month.