Elderly Washington Woman Dies After Drop by Ambulance Workers, Suit Charges

November 21, 2019

The family of a 92-year-old Vancouver, Wash. woman who died after ambulance workers who were transporting her allegedly dropped her onto a sidewalk has filed a $4 million lawsuit.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reported the lawsuit was filed this week in Multnomah County Circuit Court against American Medical Response Northwest.

The suit claims that Ethel Watters broke six ribs and her collarbone on Nov. 2, 2018, when the two AMR employees allowed a gurney carrying Watters to tip over.

The lawsuit says Watters was being transferred from her home to a facility that could care for her cough that had been getting worse.

The suit says Watters died 11 days later after spending five days at a hospital and six days in hospice care.

A representative from AMR declined comment Tuesday, saying the company doesn’t comment on pending litigation.

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