A former paramedic has filed a personal injury suit against both of his former employers, Murrow’s Transfer Inc., and a tractor-trailer driver after a collision involving the ambulance he was inside of.


James York was employed as a paramedic for the Wayne County Commission and Dunlow Emergency Rescue Squad.


According to the suit York filed on December 14 in West Virginia’s Wayne Circuit Court, he was caring for a patient in the back of an ambulance on December 20, 2007 when the trailer attached to a 2000 Freightliner Tractor owned by Murrow’s Transfer Inc. and driven by Scott Emsley Harris collided with the ambulance.


York says his coworker, Thomas R. Beckett, was driving the ambulance at the time.


The suit says that Beckett saw the trailer on his side of the road as he approached a curve and attempted to come to a complete stop to avoid a collision, but the trailer hit the ambulance.


York says the collision caused him to be “violently thrown around the back of the ambulance.”


York claims to have suffered a complete rupture of his right rotator cuff, right rotator cuff sprain, strain, and tear, torn meniscus in his knee, sprain to his cervix, sprain to his lumbar, sciatica, headaches, multiple contusions, physical pain and suffering, lost enjoyment of life, nervousness anxiety, and mental anguish. He also alleges to have incurred more than $30,000 in medical expenses.


York seeks compensatory and punitive damages.

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