An Oregon was transported by an ambulance operated by American Medical Response to Legacy Emanuel Hospital in Portland. When she arrived the patient reported to ER nurses that she had been touched sexually by the paramedic three times during the 15 minute trip.
After an investigation it was discovered the allegations were not an isolated incident.
The court awarded the woman $500,000 in non-economic damages, which were tripled when it was determined she was a vulnerable person. The courts also added on $600,000 in attorneys fees raising the total verdict to $2.1M. AMR appealed that the damage was excessive but lost. The appellate court ruling can be found here.
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