Last month saw two wrongful death lawsuits against the city in regards to the December Blizzageddon and now we can add a third to the list. On the morning of Monday, December 27, 2010—the day after the worst of the blizzard—the son of Bed-Stuy resident Lillie Cockburn, 56, found his mother lying unconscious on the floor. He quickly got her back in bed and called 911, around 7 a.m., and waited for help. Nobody came. He tried again at 1 p.m. but again, no ambulance came. Finally a family member helped drive her to the hospital, it was too late. According to doctors, Cockburn died of dramatically lowered blood pressure.
According to the family, hospital personnel told them that day that they could have saved Lillie's life if she had only arrived earlier. And so now the family has filed "a multi-million dollar" suit over her death. We've put in calls to the family's lawyer, Salvatore Marino, to find out just how much the family is seeking and have yet to hear back. But if the suits filed last month are any indication, we're guessing it will be in the range of $20 million.