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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

EMTs Declare Woman Dead; She Isn't

In cases of medical malpractice, an individual who is responsible for another's medical care commits medical malpractice when he or she deviates or departs from accepted practice and that the deviation and departure was a cause of the patient's further injury. EMTs can be held liable for medical malpractice. Last week, on 115th Street near 103rd Avenue in Richmond Hill, Queens, a woman attempted to commit suicide by shooting herself in the head. The EMTs from Jamaica Hospital responded to the scene, declared the woman dead, and left. NYPD officers from the 106th precinct, preparing the scene for investigators to arrive, "heard gurgling noises and at least one heard wheezing coming from the woman." The two EMTs have been barred from responding to patients by Jamaica Hospital's staff until an investigation has been completed.

This kind of malpractice is all to common in New York City. The lawyers at Feldman, Kronfeld & Beatty can help. If you, or a loved one, has been hurt by careless, reckless, or negligent EMTs or ambulance workers, you can call us for a free consultation at (212) 425-0230 or at

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