Case against ambulance manufacturer spurs investigative journalism on WWL-TV

Eyewitness News, Channel 4-WWL-TV in New Orleans launched an investigative report about the safety (or lack thereof) of some of the City’s ambulance fleet following a jury verdict in a trial where New Orleans Lawyer David Oestreicher represented a victim who was injured while on duty as a paramedic for the City of New Orleans EMS.

The manufacturer of the ambulance, Medtec, did not respond to questions for WWL’s story. But, a jury did award the victim $1.5 million in the case, in which Oestreicher successfully represented liability and defects in the vehicle.

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Oestreicher wins $1.5 million case against Ambulance Manufacturer

A federal court jury awarded a former New Orleans paramedic more than $1.5 million in damages this week for injuries he sustained while treating a gunshot victim in the back of an ambulance. The jury found the ambulance manufacturer, Medtec Ambulance Corp., knowingly designed a dangerous ambulance bench seat that caused paramedic Ryan Earls’ injuries…

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Perspectives on the Law: Oestreicher’s Service at NOPD

David Oestreicher was comfortable and well suited in law school at Tulane. He also fit right in while working toward his Master of Laws degree at Harvard, but familiarity breeds complacency, and complacency can cause the mind to atrophy. Students of the law, more so, practicing attorneys need to keep sharp. They need perspective to…

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Police Work at Galatoire’s: Oestreicher and the case of ‘The Christmas Mink’

David Oestreicher has many stories to tell from his days as a reserve officer on the New Orleans Police Department, but few quite as strange as the story of “The Christmas Mink” at Galatoire’s Restaurant in the French Quarter. On duty one day during the holiday season, Oestreicher, a Galatoire’s regular, was called on to…

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