A Detroit lawsuit was filed on July 20, 2015 against a Detroit EMT, the Detroit Fire Department, and the City of Detroit, alleging that the defendant EMT refused to provide potentially life-saving CPR to an infant who had stopped breathing. According to the lawsuit, on May 30, 2015, the infant’s grandmother called 911 seeking immediate assistance for her eight-month-old granddaughter who was having difficulty breathing. Shortly after the grandmother’s 911 call, the infant’s mother called 911, pleading that help be sent immediately because her daughter had stopped breathing.
According to the mother’s lawsuit, 911 dispatched the defendant EMT to immediately go to the infant’s house but the EMT instead parked her emergency vehicle around the corner from the house where the infant was struggling to breathe, waiting in her emergency vehicle for six minutes before informing 911 dispatch that “I’m not about to be on no scene 10 minutes doing CPR, you know how these families get.” The City of Detroit’s dispatch pleaded with the defendant EMT to help the infant, telling the EMT, “I’m going to need you to make that scene. You’re going to have to make patient contact.” Nonetheless, the defendant EMT allegedly continued to refuse to do her job, refused to go to the infant’s house, and refused to provide the infant with potentially life-saving medical help.
The City of Detroit then dispatched another EMT unit to the infant’s house where CPR on the infant was administered and the infant was transported to the hospital, but the infant died the following morning.
According to the plaintiff’s lawsuit, an internal investigation by the City of Detroit determined that the defendant EMT’s actions led to a delay of approximately 19 minutes in responding to the emergency. The defendant EMT was thereafter fired.
The mother’s lawsuit alleges that the defendant EMT acted “recklessly and was grossly negligent” and her actions amounted to “intentional, extreme, and outrageous conduct.” The plaintiff alleges that had the defendant EMT responded timely and appropriately to the emergency calls, the infant “would not have suffered the injuries complained of including, conscious pain and suffering and eventually death and [the plaintiff] would not have suffered the injuries complained of including but not limited to emotional injuries.”
The plaintiff claims that the City of Detroit is vicariously liable for the acts of the defendant EMT because the grossly negligent and willful misconduct committed by the defendant EMT was committed within the course and scope of her employment with the City of Detroit.
The plaintiff’s Complaint contains a count for gross negligence and a count for intentional infliction of emotional distress and seeks compensatory damages in excess of $1 million.
The plaintiff’s Complaint and Demand for Jury Trial filed in the State of Michigan Circuit Court for the County of Wayne can be read by clicking here.
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