C. Fla. cop sues family after saving baby
CASSELBERRY, Fla. -- A police officer has sued the family of a 1-year-old boy who nearly drowned because she slipped and injured a knee responding to their 9-1-1 rescue call.Joey Cosmillo f ell into the family pool in January. He was resuscitated but suffered brain damage and now cannot walk, talk or swallow. He lives in a nursing home and eats and breathes through tubes.Casselberry police Sgt. Andrea Eichhorn claims the boy's family left a puddle of water on the floor, causing her fall during the rescue efforts. She broke her knee and missed two months of work."The loss we've suffered, and she's seeking money?" said Richard Cosmillo, 69, the boy's grandfather, who lived in the home with his wife and the boy's mother. "Of course there's going to be water in the house. He was sopping wet when we brought him in."Eichhorn's personnel file includes numerous commendations. The 12-year veteran has worked as a hostage negotiator and prostitution decoy, and even wrestled razors away from a suicidal person.Eichhorn's attorney, David Heil, said she now has persistent knee pain and will likely develop arthritis. He said city benefits paid by workers' compensation and some disability checks helped with medical bills, but it wasn't enough. The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages."It's a situation where the Cosmillos have caused these problems, brought them on themselves, then tried to play the victim," Heil said.Police Chief John Pavlis said Eichhorn was a good officer, though he urged her not to sue.
what a piece of shit this cop is. way to sue the family. i guess they didsnt clean up while they waited for you to arrive. they urged her not to sue.........they should tell her not to sue. i was really pissed at this until this story showed up.....
Officer Drops Lawsuit Against Child’s Family
The Casselberry police officer who was suing the family of a young boy who nearly drowned in a backyard pool has now dropped the legal action.
The case gained nationwide attention after Sgt. Andrea Eichhorn sued because she slipped on a puddle of water at the house while responding.
She claimed the family was negligent.
However, the lawsuit was dropped on Thursday.
Some legal experts said it never would have stood up in court.
"The answer is really simple,” said attorney Dan Newlin. “The family is dealing with a horrific situation where a child who has brain injury as a result of an accident. To bring more stress on family is something we don't do. We help families."
Eichhorn was also placed on leave by the Casselberry Police Department. The city's chief was against the lawsuit all along.
good, now fire her. ok, maybe it wouldnt have held up in court but the family would have had to hire a lawyer to defend them. this country should have a law that states that if you sue someone and you lose you have to pay for their attorney. that would stop frivilous lawsuits. this family is suffering enough.