Lawsuit Filed Over Blizzard Death Thrown Out

NEW YORK (September 7, 2013)--A judge has thrown out a lawsuit that was filed by relatives of a woman who died while waiting two hours for an ambulance during a blizzard in December 2010 that paralyzed New York City.

Kathleen Thomas was 51 when she suffered a heart attack after slipping in the snow.

Her boyfriend called 911, but the city's emergency response system was in disarray, ambulances couldn't get through unplowed streets, and people waited hours for help that normally comes quickly.

The family lost on a technicality.

Manhattan Supreme Court Judge Margaret Chan ruled that under an obscure law, the city can't be held liable for delays in care unless a 911 call is placed by the injured person or an immediate family member.

Thomas' sister, Simone Pascal, said she felt "betrayed" by the ruling.


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