Conn. man wins $700K in suit against ambulance company

A judge ruled last week the ambulance crew was responsible for an incorrect IV insertion, causing Lee Roy Bember pain and emergency surgery

By Frank Juliano
Connecticut Post

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — A Bridgeport man won a judgment of $722,290 when a Superior Court judge ruled last week that an ambulance crew botched the insertion of an IV line, causing him pain and emergency surgery.

American Medical Response Inc. had argued that the company and its employees should be protected from liability under the state’s Good Samaritan Act, the Connecticut Law Tribune reports.

Judge Robin Wilson ruled that the immunity provided by the act doesn’t extend to “gross, willful or wanton negligence," the law tribune reported.

Lee Roy Bember of Bridgeport had called for an ambulance in June 2012, because of a diabetic emergency, court records show. A paramedic and an emergency medical technician had inserted an IV line incorrectly, allowing fluid to flow under the patient’s skin and killing some of the tissue, the law tribune reported.

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