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Jury awards $109,000 to EMT injured in Falls crash

LOCKPORT – An emergency medical technician injured when the ambulance in which he was riding collided with a minivan was awarded $109,000 for past and future lost wages, his attorney said Friday.

After a two-week trial, a State Supreme Court jury in Lockport reached the verdict for Garry Bluhm, 55, of John Street, Niagara Falls, who filed suit against Photofax, a private surveillance agency whose van made a left turn into the path of the Rural/Metro ambulance on Walnut Avenue in Niagara Falls. Bluhm’s attorney, Christopher J. O’Brien, said his client suffered post-concussion syndrome after being knocked unconscious in the June 8, 2013, crash, which occurred while Bluhm was tending to a patient who had taken a heroin overdose.

O’Brien, who handled the trial with colleague Sidney Mosher, a recent graduate of the University at Buffalo Law School, said he disagreed with the jury’s decision not to award Bluhm anything for medical expenses or pain and suffering. He said he will try to pursue those issues in post-trial motions before Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr.

Photofax was represented by Michael T. Hagelin and Ryan P. Heller of Hagelin Kent in Buffalo.