Melissa Jackson, 23, an Emergency Medical Technician in New York City, has been charged with official misconduct in the death of Eutisha Rennix, 25, who died of complications of an asthma attack. If convicted, she faces prison time.
The New York Daily News reports Jackson failed to come to the aide of Rennix when Rennix had an asthma attack at the Brooklyn restaurant she worked.
Jackson and her partner EMT, Jason Green, were in line at the Au Bon Pain when Rennix became ill. Jackson phoned a EMT dispatcher but she nor her partner came to Rennix’s aide; Rennix later died at the hospital along with her premature baby.
Emergency Medical Technician are health care providers trained to provide pre-hospital and emergency medical services.
Rennix’s family has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against New York City. A wrongful death lawsuit can be brought on behalf of a loved one who has died due to the wrongful or negligent act of another. The plaintiff’s attorney said that the criminal prosecution of the EMT “will set an example for emergency medical workers throughout our country that if you refuse to provide needed emergency medical help, you will be criminally prosecuted.”
This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We are a personal injury law firm who represents clients with wrongful death claims and medical malpractice cases.
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