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Disability pension for former Carol Stream medic

The Daily Herald has an article about a disability pension award to a former Carol Stream paramedic:

A former Carol Stream Fire Protection District paramedic, who is the subject of a lawsuit regarding a patient’s death, has applied for and will receive non-duty disability pension benefits.

Carey Zabran’s benefits were approved Thursday by the fire district’s pension board. The benefits will total 50 percent of her pensionable salary.

The base salary for her position in 2013 was $85,099.60, according to the district’s chief administrative officer, Perry Johnson. That means Zabran will receive at least $42,550 a year as part of the non-duty disability pension.

If permanently disabled, Zabran can convert the pension to a service pension when she is 50 years old, Johnson said.  Zabran’s pension is the result of a psychological disability, Cary J. Collins, the attorney for the district’s pension board, said. Collins [also] said three doctors found Zabran “suffers from a psychological problem.” She will undergo yearly evaluations to determine if she is fit to return to duty. Zabran was last active with the district in July 2013. She will get pension payments retroactive to Aug, 1, 2013, Johnson said.

Earlier this year, Zabran was named in a wrongful-death lawsuit filed in connection with the death of 81-year-old Armida Nonneman. When filed in February, the lawsuit claimed that on Aug. 25, 2012, paramedic Zabran responded to a Carol Stream party where Nonneman was choking on food and unable to breathe. The suit alleges Zabran mishandled care for Nonneman, who died three days later at Central DuPage Hospital.

Zabran also is a key player in the separate ongoing termination hearings for Carol Stream Fire Protection District Battalion Chief Joseph Gilles.

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Family files suit against Carol Stream Fire District

The Daily Herald has an article about a lawsuit filed recently against the Carol Stream Fire District.

A Carol Stream family filed a wrongful-death lawsuit Friday against the village and a former paramedic, claiming negligence in the choking death of an 81-year-old woman.

The lawsuit claims that on Aug. 25, 2012, the village “willfully and wantonly breached its duty” when Carol Stream Fire Protection District paramedic Carey Zabran, who is no longer with the district, responded to a call at a Carol Stream party involving Armida Nonneman, who was choking on food and could not breathe.

The suit claims Zabran initiated intubation while the food was still lodged in the woman’s throat, despite being informed by licensed off-duty paramedic and former Melrose Park Fire Chief Rick Beltrame that the food needed to be expelled or suctioned out before intubating.

It further claims Zabran was aware that “attempting to intubate a person with food still lodged in the airway can worsen the situation by pushing the food further into the airway.” Also, the paramedic failed to provide necessary treatment and to consult with other medical personnel in a timely manner, the suit alleges.

The woman was taken to Central DuPage Hospital in Winfield, where she died three days later.

Battalion Chief Joseph Gilles, whose termination hearings began on Wednesday, claimed in October 2013 that his bosses were trying to fire him because he refused to participate in a cover-up of possible negligence by the paramedic — allegations attorneys for the fire district claim “have no validity.”

It was only when termination proceedings were being brought against Gilles that James Nonneman, a son of the deceased, said he learned of an investigation into possible negligence — 14 months after his mother’s death.

“Mr. Nonneman and his brother have been looking for the truth on this the entire time,” said attorney Paul McMahon, who is representing the family along with attorney Rick Murphy. “It’s become clear they were not told the truth. They’ve asked us to pursue this to get them the truth. If the truth ultimately leads to someone taking responsibility, that should happen, too.”

As for the amount of damages sought, McMahon said: “We won’t know until we get into the case what we would ask the jury for. There are very few cases for wrongful death that are less than $1 million.”

Fire district attorney Karl Ottosen said he would not comment on specific litigation, “but in general terms if it’s wrongful death with respect to district service, I think ‘disappointed’ would be the right thing to say.”

“In the near future, we’d expect the testimony of the Gilles trial to show there is no real basis for the lawsuit,” Ottosen said. “I do understand the family’s right to a lawsuit. From a legal standpoint, we will address the issue in court.”

“The first responder did not do proper procedures and essentially froze,” said John Botti, Gilles’ attorney.

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