$200K lawsuit claims negligence by Chicago medics

The suit alleges a man died after paramedics failed to treat or transport him


By Laura French

CHICAGO — The Chicago City Council is considering a $200,000 settlement in a lawsuit that claims a man died after Chicago Fire Department medics failed to treat or transport him. 

The family of Charlie Myles, 55, who died in 2012, filed the lawsuit in 2019 alleging negligence by two paramedics and failure of the city to properly supervise the medics, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

According to the suit, a 911 call was made to report that Myles seemed to have "just collapsed" and was "having problems" in his front yard, and when Paramedics Bartosz Wozniak and Matthew Adamik arrived they determined Myles "appeared to be coherent" and left without examining or treating him, the Sun-Times reports. 

A few hours later, another 911 call was made, and two different paramedics found Myles dead in his front yard. 

The suit also contends that the two paramedics did not document the dispatch call. An international investigation found that Wozniak and Adamik did not follow CFD policies for initiating care and documenting ambulance runs, according to the suit. 

CFD Spokesman Larry Langford said both paramedics were suspended after the incident. It is unclear if they are still employed at the department. 

The City Council's Finance Committee is scheduled to consider the proposed settlement during a meeting on Monday. 

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