Lakewood Township taxpayers are on the hook for legal fees following the filing of a civil complaint alleging that Lakewood EMS is responsible for the injuries sustained by a patient during an ambulance transport.

According to the complaint just filed in New Jersey Superior Court in Ocean County by Howell Attorney Richard N. Schibell Esq.:

On June 13, 2022, Lakewood EMS transported Toms River resident Janet Fures in an ambulance to Ocean Medical Center in Toms River for medical treatment for her bilateral knee pain. 

While removing Fures from the rear of the ambulance, the rear step got caught on a wheel of the stretcher resulting in the stretcher falling to the right side with her still on the stretcher. 

As a result of the stretcher falling to the right side with her still on it - which occurred due negligent performance - Fures suffered serious and permanent bodily injuries which has caused a significant impact on her life.

As a result of the aforementioned collision, Fures incurred economic damages, including but not limited to, loss of income.

The complaint names as defendants the Township of Lakewood as well as Lakewood EMS which is "a governmental department organized under the auspices and control of the Township."

The complaint also names as fictitious defendants the EMS personnel who "negligently removed the stretcher from the ambulance," as well as the entities who "negligent trained, supervised, and managed" them. These defendants are named fictitiously until discovery on the case will indicate their real names.

The suit demands judgment against all the defendants for damages, costs of suit, interest, and for other such relief as the Court finds equitable and just. 

The plaintiff served a Tort Claim Notice on the Township and EMS prior to filing the lawsuit, as required by law.

Township attorneys have 35 days to answer the complaint.

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