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Wrongful death case against ambulance company heads toward trial


By Nicholas Malfitano | Oct 10, 2018

PHILADELPHIA – The case of a Philadelphia woman who claims an ambulance company’s personnel responsible for attending to her father in a medical emergency caused him fatal injury has been slated for a settlement conference this winter, prior to the case heading to trial next spring.

According to a revised case management order issued by Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas Judge Shelley Robins-New on July 5, it directed that a settlement conference would be able to be scheduled subsequent to Dec. 3. Before that time, all counsel will file detailed pre-trial documentation prior to that same date. A pre-trial conference will be available for any date after Feb. 4, with an anticipated trial date of March 4, 2019.

Cindia Bost, Administrator of the Estate of James Ryals [deceased], of Philadelphia first filed suit in the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas on June 20, 2017 against Rhythm Ambulance, Inc., of Bensalem.

“On or about Nov. 25, 2015, plaintiff’s decedent was being transported by defendant’s agent, servant, workman, or employee when defendant’s employee’s carelessness and negligence caused the plaintiff to fall and strike his head and cause serious and fatal personal injuries, on account of which this action is brought,” the complaint said.

“On or about Aug. 29, 2016, plaintiff, [Cindia] Bost, was appointed the Administrator of the Estate of James Ryals, decedent, by the Register of Probate and Wills and Grant of Letters Testamentary and of Administration, in and for the County of Philadelphia,” the complaint added.

Per the lawsuit, Bost invoked Pennsylvania’s Wrongful Death and Survival Action to recover damages incurred due to the aforementioned events.

For counts of negligence, wrongful death and survival, the plaintiff is seeking damages in excess of $50,000, plus costs and other relief the Court deems necessary in this matter.

The plaintiff is represented by Marc I. Simon of Simon & Simon, in Philadelphia.

The defendants are represented by Ryan F. Michaleski and Lawrence D. Jackson of Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith, in Wayne.

Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas case 170602052

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