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.

Jazz & Heritage Foundation enters new contract terms with Festival Productions, Inc.

David W. Oestreicher, first vice president of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Foundation, made the announcement that Festival Productions, Inc., a company which has produced Jazz Fest since its inception, will retain the rights to do so under a new contract. Oestreicher and the NOJHFF Board contemplated two other production companies, but…

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Oestreicher Named to Patriots Circle at WWII Museum

New Orleans attorney, David Oestreicher, has been named to the Patriots Circle at the National World War II Museum. The Patriots Circle represents a special group of Americans dedicated to preserving the artifacts and personal accounts that serve as examples of teamwork, courage, sacrifice and leadership exemplified by the men and women of the World War II generation….

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Oestreichers Donate Historic Capa Photo to WWII Museum

“Dodging enemy fire, an American Doughboy advances on the double past the outskirts of embattled Cherbourg.” So reads, the caption, typed on back the original print of a historic photo made by Robert Capa just three weeks after the D-Day landing at Normandy in June, 1944. The caption says, “Isolated German units are still fighting furiously…

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