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 in December 2010.

Earls, 26 at the time, was in the rear of the ambulance working on the patient when the truck hit a bump in the road. The faulty seat collapsed and Earls was sent sprawling, said his attorney, David Oestreicher. Earls wrenched his back, and he had to be removed from the ambulance at the hospital, Oestreicher said.

The jury’s award to Earls included $200,000 for his loss of future wages and benefits, $600,000 in medical expenses and $700,000 for his pain and suffering.

The five-day trial took place in U.S. District Judge Ivan Lemelle’s courtroom.

French Quarter Minutemen Float Plan for Armed Citizens Crime Watch Group

A new citizens group wants to form in the French Quarter, and its goal is to make the world famous neighborhood a safer place. The group calls itself the French Quarter Minutemen, an all volunteer organization made up of people who live in, work in or frequent the French Quarter, and who want to add…

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David Oestreicher Recognized by Mayor Mitch Landrieu for Contribution to the Arts in New Orleans

Mayor Mitch Landrieu formally recognized New Orleans Lawyer David W. Oestreicher for his contribution to the arts in the City of New Orleans with a proclamation and certificate of recognition issued on Sept. 20, 2013. Oestreicher long has been a proponent of the arts in New Orleans. He served for several years as President of…

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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…

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