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New York City facing two wrongful death lawsuits over slow response time by emergency services

Over the past several months, New York City has been battered by a series of devastating winter storms producing vast amounts of snow and ice. In fact, one of these storms, the Christmas blizzard, generated headlines across the nation not only for the sheer amount of snow that fell, but also for the city's inability to provide effective snow removal services.

Newspapers and magazines across the country were filled with stories of streets and sidewalks remaining unplowed, leaving motorists stranded and pedestrians struggling to get to their respective destinations. In addition, many media outlets reported on the inability of emergency services vehicles to navigate the city's snow-packed streets

In fact, it now appears that in addition to facing the scorn of city residents for mishandling the Christmas blizzard, city officials will now have to face two separate wrongful death lawsuits.

Specifically, these wrongful death lawsuits allege that the inability of emergency services vehicles to respond to 911 calls in a timely manner over the holiday weekend was the direct cause of the demise of their loved ones.

One of these lawsuits, filed by a Brooklyn family, alleges that Claire R., a 63-year-old wife and mother, had to wait 90 minutes for an ambulance after placing a call to 911 complaining of chest pains on December 27. She died before emergency service personnel arrived.

"It is inexcusable for there to be a delay of an hour-and-a-half in a life and death situation by emergency medical services and the fire department," said attorney Sanford Rubenstein, attorney for the Brooklyn family.

The other wrongful death suit was filed by the family of a 75-year-old Queens woman who died after waiting three hours for an ambulance to make its way through the snowy streets.

Stay tuned for further developments from our New York personal injury blog ...

If you have been seriously injured or lost a loved one due to the negligence of another, you should strongly consider speaking with an experienced attorney who can answer your questions and explain your rights.

This post was provided for informational purposes only and is not to be construed as legal advice. Names have been withheld to protect the identity of the victims and those involved in the incident.

Related Resources:

2nd blizzard-related wrongful death suit filed against NYC (CBS 2 - New York)

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