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Chicago Settles Wrongful Death Suit for $1.75 Million

The city of Chicago has agreed to settle a wrongful death lawsuit brought by the family of an 13 year old girl who died in 2002 from an asthma attack.

Arielle Starks died when paramedics allegedly failed to properly intubate the youngster, got in an accident enroute to the ER, and then failed to recognize the mistake in the airway. The settlement is reported to be $1.75 million.

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    Cheap compared to their last one- $6 million, IIRC, because the first-responder engine’s defibrillator batteries were dead, and hadn’t been checked that morning, resulting in the death of an adult male. $1.75 mil for a dead kid is a bargain by comparison.

    (Yes, I know, I’m going to hell. Tell me something I don’t know.)

    • Curt Varone

      CBEMT… that is kind of cold… true, totally true, but cold.

      • CBEMT

        I don’t remember if the $6 million was a judgement or a settlement. If the latter, and I was the kid’s parents, I’d be asking my lawyers where my 4.25 mil was.