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Va. woman sues after being 'dropped' during transport

The woman says two medics dropped her while trying to put her in an ambulance, causing "serious" injuries

By EMS1 Staff

WYTHE COUNTY, Va. — A woman is suing a Va. rescue team for more than $1 million after she claims she was dropped during a hospital transport.

Ruby Mooney claims that two unidentified Lead Mines Volunteer Rescue Squad members arrived at her home in July 2012 to transport her to the hospital when the pair dropped her while trying to load her into an ambulance, according to SWVA Today.

According to the lawsuit, Mooney's family members told the squad members to wait for more help before lifting her via a backboard into an ambulance because of Mooney's weight.

“The plaintiff did not have a condition that was severe enough to reasonably justify moving the plaintiff without enough people to properly lift her,” the suit said.

The suit didn't specify what injuries Mooney suffered, but they are described as serious and likely permanent.

Mooney is asking for $1 million in compensation and $350,000 in punitive damages.

A trial date has not been set yet.

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Pam Lee Jones Pam Lee Jones Wednesday, January 23, 2013 3:10:15 AM Don't you mean land whale. Yes they should have waited but I'm sure this women doesn't want to take responsibllity for the reason that she is fat.
Melinda Teaster Williams Melinda Teaster Williams Wednesday, January 23, 2013 5:51:25 AM The sad part iof this the Patient and Family members would have complained that they had to wait for help, I have been told that "IF YOU CANT DO YOUR JOB GO HOME" this was told to me by a supervisor when my partner and I ask for help with an obese patient should I also say this was a scheduled not 911 call. Family members have said to me that if you need help why are in this field? are you kiding me, We get to smile and stand there, because you know that no matter what you say if the Family complains, the Hire-ups will not stand behind you and explainto the family that "help is to prevent injury". So you are Damed if you do, and damed if you don't. So until the folks in charge start taking a stand for their employees this will continue to be a problem, because most in this field are affraid to ask for help for free for the jobs. So I will be looking for the rest of the story.
Ed Hillenbrand Ed Hillenbrand Wednesday, January 23, 2013 5:52:16 AM Something is fishy here. Moving a patient via a backboard into the rig?
Tom J Monahan Tom J Monahan Wednesday, January 23, 2013 9:04:56 AM What was the call type.. Goodluck in sueing vollies. This won't even go to court and if it does it will get thrown out, lots of people have tried this before there's loop hole because of the Volly status...If your not a paid service your acting in good faith in helping this individual, like the samaritan law.....There is no law against severe obesity,'s sucks when your doing your best and the patient sues.......I've been doing this job alongtime, don't hurt yourself it's not worth it.
Tom J Monahan Tom J Monahan Wednesday, January 23, 2013 9:06:29 AM What were her injuries allstateitis......
Steve Jacobi Steve Jacobi Wednesday, January 23, 2013 9:57:02 AM Are you saying EMS can only function if the person is normal weight? Does that mean EMS is too stupid to figure out a solution for things and people which do not meet textbook norms? Yeah blame everything on the patient for you inability to function in different situations and think for solutions.
Wayland Slater Wayland Slater Monday, January 28, 2013 8:44:08 AM We more or less kept a mental list on pts. we've had before that we know we are going to need lifting help. In our county, when I worked for a private ambulance service, we were lucky that many of the volunteer FD's monitored our frequency and when they heard where our call was they'd start that way even if it was for just transportation. We didn't hesitate to call for help, we wern't proud.

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