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NY Wrongful Death Attorneys File 5 Million Dollar Suit For Client Due to EMS failure

DWAYNE COCKBURN as Administrator of the Estate of LILLIE R. COCKBURN v. CITY OF NEW YORK

Our firm has filed a $5,000,000 wrongful death lawsuit against the City of New York on behalf of Lillie Cockburn, a mother of two, who died while waiting for a New York City ambulance to arrive at her home after she had fallen seriously ill.  Ms. Cockburn’s son Jason had called 911 at approximately 7:30 A.M. on the morning of December 27, 2010 and advised the operator that his mother was seriously ill and needed an ambulance.  The 911 personnel advised Jason that an ambulance was going to be sent to the home.  In preparation for the arrival of the ambulance,  Jason went outside the home and shoveled snow from the driveway as there was a heavy snowstorm that day. After realizing the ambulance was not coming Jason then decided to leave his mother and search for alternative transportation to the hospital. Unfortunately by the time Jason was able to transport his mother to the hospital she had died.  At approximately 6:00 P.M. that evening, over ten hours after the ambulance had been promised, EMS workers appeared at the Cockburn home asking if the ambulance was still needed. Prior to that there was no attempt by EMS to contact the Cockburn family to advise that the ambulance would be delayed causing Ms. Cockburn to arrive at the hospital too late to be helped for what would have been a treatable condition.