June 17, 2021
The Weitz Firm, LLC

Marco Bianchi died in 2019 after he suffered a heart attack during a Philadelphia Eagles game. The native of Wilmington, Delaware was only 38 years old. Bianchi’s family has filed a wrongful death suit against the team and Lincoln Financial Field’s emergency staff.

Anyone can be struck with a medical emergency at any time. Convenience has nothing to do with it. If an emergency strikes you or a loved one in inconvenient situations like this, where you are at the mercy of emergency medical services and they fail you, turn to The Philadelphia medical malpractice attorneys at The Weitz Firm LLC, and we will do everything in our power to do what is right.

Unattended tragedies

The family of Bianchi, specifically his brother, Dr. Alex Bianchi, claims medical aid was delayed because National Event Services were “undermanned and ill-equipped stadium personnel.”

The National Event Services is a crowd-management company that provides emergency medical services (EMS) for most of Philadelphia’s major sports teams—Eagles, Flyers, Phillies, as well as other large clients.

According to the researchers at the University of Southern Mississippi’s National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security, there is no public data to analyze how often fans die or are injured inside arenas and stadiums during sporting events. Because of this lack of data, there is no way to know how many times deaths and injuries result or worsen because of the negligence or carelessness of emergency services.

What they do know is that another Eagles fan, Joe Nocero, also had a heart attack and died at Lincoln Financial Field a month after Bianchi in November 2019. Even after being notified, it took over half an hour for emergency medical personnel to reach Nocero at his seat.

Bianchi was seated in Section 131, and a spectator gave him CPR while they waited for EMTs to arrive. He later died at Jefferson University Hospital.

The amount of the monetary damages Dr. Bianchi is seeking is undisclosed, but he made it clear that he expects the staff at Lincoln Financial Field to change and improve how medical emergencies are handled.

With a stadium full of more than 60,000 fans, the odds are there will be medical emergencies from time to time. It is imperative to have an emergency medical staff who are prepared to meet and manage these emergency situations.

When should I contact a lawyer?

It is not always easy to determine whether you have a medical malpractice case. Did you receive subpar care? Did an injury or death occur because of medical negligence, error, or mistreatment? Medical malpractice does not have to happen in a medical facility. With all these factors to consider, most cases need a qualified attorney to determine whether to proceed with your claim.

The Philadelphia medical malpractice attorneys at The Weitz Firm, LLC have solidified a reputation as an effective boutique medical malpractice firm. With 25 years of litigation experience, we are here to deliver satisfying results for our clients. Contact us for a free consultation of your case by clicking here or calling 267-587-6240.

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