After living for an entire year at the Beaumont Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Center located in Northbridge, a 58-year-old dialysis patient got the news that she was going home. She wasn’t just leaving the facility, she was returning to a home where her husband and her two children waited.
When the day came, the patient’s stretcher was loaded onto the ambulance and pulled away from the nursing center. Ready for their wife and mother to return home, the family was shocked when they learned that she wouldn’t be coming home at all. The family was notified that the ambulance that was transporting her home was involved in an accident.
According to the Milford police, the driver of a Mercedes-Benz failed to stop at a stop sign on Route 140. When the Mercedes went through the intersection, it struck the ambulance with such force that the large vehicle flipped over, rolling upside down once and then right side up again. The ambulance stopped moving when it hit the guardrail lining the roadway.
During the accident, both the woman and a paramedic were tossed about in the back of the vehicle. The paramedic survived the accident with non-life-threatening injuries, but the woman’s proved to be fatal. Police said that it appeared as though the woman’s stretcher had “come loose” when the vehicle flipped over.
The victim’s family has said that they are “going to miss her.” It is a statement that likely doesn’t describe what they are feeling in this time. It isn’t just the medical bills or lost wages that a wrongful death lawsuit helps cover. It can’t bring a person back into a family’s life, but it can help compensate them for the loss of companionship and uncertainty created by the fatal incident.
Source: Boston Herald, “Patient killed in ambulance accident,” John Zaremba, Jan. 22, 2014