A case in Colorado reached national news after a family was charged for an ambulance ride despite the ambulance breaking down and killing the patient. WGNO reported on the incident.
The family is filing a wrongful death suit against the city. They want to know if it was a true accident or if there was a serious issue with the ambulances or the hospital treating their family member before transport.
The ambulance had to go an exceptional distance to Denver. It broke down 120 miles into the trip when a radiator hose started spraying water in the engine compartment. At the time of the break, the patient was stable, but the crew didn’t hand off the patient to a closer ambulance company. Instead, they called out another one so they could keep the same crew.
However, the patient died before he could get to the hospital of a heart attack. The family wishes he could have died at a hospital or that one of them could have been with the patient at the time of death.
To add insult to injury, the ambulance company charged the family $3000 for the trip.
We hope that the family can get the answers they seek and that the cause of the delay is found so that this sort of thing doesn’t happen in the future.
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