Medics' alleged mistakes in Chicago girl's death likely to cost $1.75M

Arielle Starks died at Advocate Trinity Hospital after ambulance carrying her to hospital collided with car


By Fran Spielman
The Chicago Sun-Times

CHICAGO — Chicago taxpayers will likely spend $1.75 million to compensate the family of a 13-year-old girl who died of bronchial asthma in 2002 after a string of alleged mistakes made by Chicago Fire Department paramedics.
Arielle Starks died at Advocate Trinity Hospital after an ambulance carrying her to the hospital collided with a car at 87th and Langley. Another ambulance picked up Arielle and took her to the hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

If not for a series of "mistakes" made by the four paramedics who treated Starks on that fateful day, attorney Brian Murphy argued that the girl would be alive today.

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