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Family files wrongful death suit against Manhattan for 911 delay

When a person calls 911 in the Bronx for a medical emergency, he or she expects medical personnel to arrive in a timely manner. After all, people’s lives may very well be on the line.

A family filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the city of Manhattan after their loved one died while waiting over two hours for an ambulance to arrive. The 51-year-old woman was walking outside with her boyfriend of 25 years when she slipped twice in the snow during a blizzard in December 2010. She told her boyfriend that she believed she was suffering a heart attack, so her boyfriend called 911. He was told that help was on the way, but none came for hours. He called 911 multiple times.

This is not the only case where the effectiveness of the city’s 911 system has been called into question. The city recently modernized the system, but between May and June of this year, over 4,100 phone calls to 911 resulted in conflicting information.

The family’s lawsuit was recently tossed out because her boyfriend had called 911, not an immediate family member or the woman herself. The judge ruled that there was not a “special relationship” that existed between the woman and the city, so the city could not be held liable for her death.

If you have suffered negative consequences as a result in a delay after dialing 911, you may be entitled to compensation, especially if the delay can be linked to causing serious injuries or death.

Source: NY Daily News, “Wrongful death lawsuit by family of woman who died waiting for ambulance thrown out because she did not make 911 call herself,” Barbara Ross and Dareh Gregorian, Sep. 6, 2013

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