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Woman sues ambulance service after being injured in transport

Charis M. Thrasher had her femur shattered when a paramedic fell on it

By EMS1 Staff

EAST PITTSBURGH, Pa. — An East Pittsburgh woman has filed a lawsuit against an ambulance service for negligence after being injured during a transport.

Charise M. Thrasher, 50, hired Guardian Angel Ambulance Services to take her to the hospital to have a cast removed in December 2010, according to the Tribune-Review.

Paramedics shattered Thrasher's femur when one of them fell on her as they were carrying her upstairs to her home.

The lawsuit says Thrasher need surgery to repair her injuries and is seeking in excess of $25,000.

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Frank Cantone Frank Cantone Wednesday, December 12, 2012 5:52:48 AM This is the problem with non emergent transports, make no mistake it's the bread and butter for these private services, netherless we should screen these calls better to use resources that are appropriate. A wheelchair van or stretcher van would have been better. Now this emt will lose his job.
Mark A. White Mark A. White Wednesday, December 12, 2012 11:26:02 AM 25k that's a lot but I can see her asking for more with that ype of injury. But with private companies more than likely there wasn't enough resources to carry this women upstairs...Rather unfortuante for all involved.
Kristi B Dahl Kristi B Dahl Wednesday, December 12, 2012 11:29:35 AM omg.. what a joke!
Jonathan W Spence Jonathan W Spence Wednesday, December 12, 2012 11:39:23 AM Well we should be able to sue fat people that hurt our backs when we lift them. Secondly why should the medic get sued? That is why the company maintaiin mal practice insurance.
Mark A. White Mark A. White Wednesday, December 12, 2012 11:42:43 AM the company is getting sued. because lawyers know medics dont make a lot of money.
Lisa Michelle Hawkins Lisa Michelle Hawkins Wednesday, December 12, 2012 11:56:54 AM This is just sad all the way around :(
Christina Styron Cherro Christina Styron Cherro Wednesday, December 12, 2012 11:57:57 AM While I feel for this person's situation, Marty beat me to the obvious question- How much does she weigh and was she a hoarder with only a narrow passageway? Not trying to place blame on the patient, as accidents certainly happen; however, if she contributed to the issue then I think that should certainly be brought to the surface.
John Vo John Vo Wednesday, December 12, 2012 12:27:47 PM Probably need to see the Run Report but not a good thing to fall on a PT you're carrying. This goes with not moving heavy equipment over them or the obvious, step over them.
Cheryl Blazek Cheryl Blazek Wednesday, December 12, 2012 12:40:40 PM I don't know about the area that this refers to, but many areas do not have wheel chair or stretcher vans specifically for non-emergent calls. In more rural areas, 911 EMS does it all.
Amy Rohmiller Amy Rohmiller Wednesday, December 12, 2012 12:49:40 PM I guess we aren't looking at the obvious questions, why did she need to be carried back up to her home after having her cast removed? After that how did she get around prior to getting her cast off. It is very costly to have ambulance crews to carry you up and down stairs every day. I'm not blaming her, but there are many question left by the narrative of this article.
Julio David Torres Julio David Torres Wednesday, December 12, 2012 7:10:37 PM Looks like a nice, clean break. It should heal up well.
Lisa Michelle Hawkins Lisa Michelle Hawkins Wednesday, December 12, 2012 7:22:39 PM Your Asolutely Right! I hadn't looked at it that way before.
Jason Eckert Jason Eckert Wednesday, December 12, 2012 8:38:18 PM To prove negligence they will have to show that the EMT failed in his "duty to act". Not much to go on here with these four sentences, but I would be surprised if a lawyer could prove negligence. Hope it works out for the EMT. JAEEMT NREMT-P
Steve Jacobi Steve Jacobi Thursday, December 13, 2012 8:26:58 AM Do you think she only had a broken arm? Do you really think people should be kept in the hospital until their fractures heal? The article did not say where she had a cast or for how long. It could have been a cast for a spinal injury or a very extensive leg fx. Many people, including the young, might need extensive physical therapy to regain function to where they can walk. EMS needs to get away from believing all patients are bullcrap and a waste of time or just out to "get the EMT or Paramedic". Other healthcare professions accept the responsibility which is given to them and don't whine or put blame on everyone else when they screw up. This is part of being a professional.
Steve Jacobi Steve Jacobi Thursday, December 13, 2012 8:27:24 AM Do you think she only had a broken arm? Do you really think people should be kept in the hospital until their fractures heal? The article did not say where she had a cast or for how long. It could have been a cast for a spinal injury or a very extensive leg fx. Many people, including the young, might need extensive physical therapy to regain function to where they can walk. EMS needs to get away from believing all patients are bullcrap and a waste of time or just out to "get the EMT or Paramedic". Other healthcare professions accept the responsibility which is given to them and don't whine or put blame on everyone else when they screw up. This is part of being a professional.
Steve Jacobi Steve Jacobi Sunday, December 16, 2012 9:58:15 AM Looks like you failed to read the first chapter of the EMT and Paramedic textbooks. The components are also: Act in a reasonable and prudent manner. Provide reasonable care consistent with education and local protocol.

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