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Woman Files Lawsuit Against Mt. Lebanon Police‎

A Pennsylvania woman is now suing the city of Mt. Lebanon after an incident in which she claims paramedics and police officers in the city failed to properly treat her while she was having an epileptic seizure.

According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 23-year-old Jessica Yochum had a seizure last February at a restaurant where she worked. Emergency medical workers arrived to treat her and were informed that she was having a seizure. But according to the complaint, the emergency medical workers did not act with proper care and did not let the seizure run its course.

Jessica Yochum reportedly bit an ambulance worker after she was put in handcuffs and restrained when having the epileptic seizure. The woman was then charged with aggravated assault over the incident.

While the criminal charges were later dismissed by a magisterial district court judge, the woman has hired a Pennsylvania personal injury attorney and has filed a lawsuit naming the municipality of Mt. Lebanon, the Medical Rescue Team South Authority ambulance service, two emergency medical workers and Officer Jeffrey Frolo as defendants. The plaintiff is seeking damages for the alleged violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Pennsylvania personal injury attorneys often get involved in cases where medical professionals have been accused of acting with negligence in situations that require treatment for a patient. It's on the burden of the plaintiff to show negligence in such situations. More information about legal liability for injuries or malpractice can be found through our Related Resources pages.

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