CLAYTON, Mo. (CN) – The City of St. Ann wouldn’t let a woman who was having a stroke leave work to seek medical attention until her replacement arrived, the woman claims in court.
Ann Engle sued the city, and her co-employees Cindy Shaw and David Dinter, in St. Louis County Court.
Engle says she felt numbness in her face at around 8 a.m. on May 18, 2008, and Dinter too noticed something was wrong with her.
Later, Engle’s husband noticed a slur in her speech during a telephone call and told her to get immediate medical attention, according to the complaint.
Engle says she called her supervisor, Cindy Shaw, around 11 a.m. and told her she needed to go to the hospital, but Shaw said she couldn’t leave unless she found a replacement. Engle says her replacement didn’t arrive until 12:30 p.m.
“Dinter, being a police officer, is trained in emergency services, and knew or should have known that plaintiff needed medical attention and/or plaintiff was having a stroke,” the complaint states.
“Dinter and Shaw were negligent in not allowing and/or refusing plaintiff leave to seek immediate attention.
“Dinter and Shaw were negligent in not proactively seeking medical attention for plaintiff.”
Engle seeks damages for negligence, permanent disabilities, lost wages and medical bills.
She is represented by Greg Kloeppel, of St. Louis.
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