In some jobs a mistake is easily fixed. A mistyped invoice, or a forgotten item might make a customer or client unhappy, but the situation is repairable. In the case of those who are tasked to save lives, however, an error in judgment can cost lives. While it’s hard at times to see fault in those whose job it is to come to the aid of others, it’s a fact of life these individuals are held to a higher standard for a reason.
That is the case when FDNY announced on Friday, April 25th that it had suspended a supervisor and three dispatchers for the lack of response to an emergency situation that tragically resulted in the deaths of 2 young children.
The suspensions come after a week of controversy regarding the mishandling of the emergency response by three dispatchers and a supervisor. The fire, which began in the basement of a Bay 30th Street home early Sunday morning, resulted in the deaths of Jai’Launi Tinglin and Ayini Tinglin.
Investigators determined that the first call to 911 was made at 11:51 pm on Saturday night, and that the FDNY was on the scene by 11:57 p.m., however the fire alarm dispatchers didn’t follow procedure and notify EMS until 12:04 a.m., leaving a seven minute gap that may have contributed to the deaths of both children.
Firefighters were able to carry the children, age 4, from the home and as neighbors watched the responding crew attempted to resuscitate them. Attempes were ultimately unsuccessful and the children died of smoke inhalation. According to the neighbors who witness the blaze and the tragic aftermath the responding firefighters could be heard requesting information about the delayed response from EMS.
Tragedy is an unfortunate fact of life. Unavoidable circumstances see the deaths of the very young and the very old. When negligence is the actual cause of misfortune the pain for the families involved is compounded. Along such with emotional pain and the undeniable tragedy of losing a child, there are the stark realities of how such events affect a family financially.
The job of a personal injury lawyer is to assess these realities, and see to it that at least economically the damage done to a family is made right and that justice is served. The other benefit to pursuing such legal action is to ensure other such heartbreaking circumstances aren’t repeated. In a civil court the evaluation of not only the damages, but of the causes of a preventable death can help to prevent such events in the future.
If you or a loved one has suffered as a result of the irresponsible actions or inactions of others, give us a call. Having a legal ally who will fight on your side and help you and your family handle the situation is important. Call us, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We are here to help