Brooklyn resident, Frank Musella, a 37 year old married father of two young boys, was doing his usual work at the Department of Sanitation in Staten Island on July 29th, 2015 when he began having chest pain. He went outside and was found immediately unresponsive, having suffered what appeared to be a heart attack. 911 and EMS were called. From reports received, and due to ongoing issues with the EMS transmission radio system and its WI-FI network, delay occurred in getting to him. This delay, it is claimed may have created the inability to revive and treat him. He passed away later that day at Staten Island University Hospital. An autopsy performed showed that he had severe blockage in his arteries. He had regular check ups with his doctors and was always told he was okay except for high cholesterol.
Leav & Steinberg, LLP was retained to investigate the circumstances of his death including the delay by EMS as well as the medical care provided by his primary care doctor and a cardiologist who had seen him in months and years prior, but failed to diagnose any emergent cardiac condition.
A suit has been filed naming the City of New York and their EMS service for negligence.
Furthermore a suit has been filed naming Mr. Musella’s doctors and alleging negligent care in treating and failing to diagnose his underlying serious cardiac condition.
Local newspaper, The Staten Island Advance has reported on the EMS part of the story in its October 28th, 2016 edition.
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