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Thursday, December 31, 2020

Court Finds Immunity for City's Paramedic Actions Under EMS Act

An Illinois Appellate Court recently rejected a lawsuit filed against a City relating to EMS services. Gary v. City of Calumet City

In 2014, a woman suffered an asthma attack and was treated by City paramedics after her mother called 911. The woman passed away 10 days later, and her mother sued the City claiming the paramedics acted willfully and wantonly in treating her. The Court disagreed, finding in favor of the City under the Emergency Medical Services Systems Act which provides immunity from civil liability when emergency medical services are provided in good faith, except in cases of willful and wanton misconduct. The Court did not find that the paramedics actions rose to the level of willful and wanton misconduct and, therefore, the City was immune from liability in this action.


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