Family of woman dropped on head by ambulance crew is awarded $1.5M in wrongful death lawsuit

Associated Press

A Massachusetts jury has awarded $1.5 million to the family of a woman who died days after an ambulance crew dropped her on her head.

The Middlesex Superior Court jury ruled Monday in favor of the family of 67-year-old Barbara Grimes in its lawsuit against American Medical Response.

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The family said in the wrongful death suit that Grimes was being transported in January 2009 after receiving dialysis in Plymouth when a pair of emergency medical technicians rolling her into an ambulance tipped over her stretcher, causing Grimes to fall and hit her head on the ground. She suffered a brain hemorrhage and died five days later.

The family's lawyer called her death "unnecessary" and "'easily preventable."

AMR said the stretcher malfunctioned.

A company spokesman didn't immediately return a call Tuesday.