Civil suit filed in death of Chief Tommy Adams

SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) – The widow of Shreveport Fire Department Battalion Chief Tommy Adams has filed a civil lawsuit against the city of Shreveport in the death of her husband.  Chief Adams died last December after suffering injuries in February of last year after falling from a ladder truck after a Mardi Gras parade in February 2009.  For 10 months after the fall Adams was paralyzed and semi-comatose before passing away.

Traci hired medical malpractice attorney, John Hammons.

"The information I have suggests that there was a failure to adequately establish an airway," said Hammons.

According to the suit that was filed in Caddo Parish District Court on Monday, Traci, who is a registered nurse and who was on the scene of the accident told EMT's several times to give Tommy supplemental oxygen because he was not breathing. The suit states those requests were ignored while his fellow firefighters worked on him.

Hammons says the neglect caused brain damage, and ultimately his death.

It's still unclear how much money Traci is suing for, however the list of losses on the suit indicates it could reach into the hundreds of thousands of dollars and maybe over a million dollars.

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Click here to read the lawsuit filed by the Adams family (file is in .pdf format)

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