A Suffolk County jury awarded $612,277 to a 34-year-old EMT who was significantly injured while transporting a patient.
On Wednesday, September 1, 2021 a Suffolk County jury awarded $612,277 to a 34-year-old emergency medical technician who was seriously injured in July 2017 while transporting a patient up a flight of stairs at a Boston Housing Authority property. The pre-trial offer to settle was $3,000.
According to case #1984CV00157, during the transport of the patient in a stair chair device, the EMT tripped on a loose stair tread and fell, landing on her left knee. The stair chair, with the patient in it, weighing about 200 pounds, landed on her left leg, pinning her.
This incident had significant ramifications. The EMT suffered severe injuries to her left knee, left hip, and low back. Since the July 2017 incident, she has been totally disabled from returning to work.