OBSERVER Staff Report
MAYVILLE - Following a recent two-week trial in Mayville, a New York State Supreme Court jury has found an Alstar Ambulance crew to be negligent with an emergency call in December 2010.
The jury awarded $1.25 million in damages for pain and suffering and medical expenses to Bonnie Spekzynski, 65, of Dunkirk.
The ambulance responded to a first aid call at Spekzynski's home. According to Colin Campbell of Campbell & Shelton, LLP, Spekzynski's attorney, it was alleged that the crew attempted to move the patient from her home to the ambulance by carrying her in a wooden chair rather than using a stretcher or other equipment available in the ambulance.
It was further alleged that when one of the responders slipped on ice, the chair was dropped to the ground and Spekzynski sustained lower back injuries, which ultimately required surgery at Erie County Medical Center, Campbell said.
Alstar Ambulance & Transportation Services is owned by WCA Services Corporation of Jamestown.