Help me, I’ve fallen, and this damn thing doesn’t work!
The medical alert technology made famous by the cheesy infomercials of the 1990s completely failed a Brooklyn woman in her hour of need and left her trapped on her apartment floor for three days, she charges in a lawsuit.
“Dangers of Medical Alert systems and devices
- Not wearing them ever period!
- Not wearing them at NIGHT
- Not wearing them whilst showering or going to the toilet
- If your loved one is not wearing it how ill you know they are safe?
- Will they be found before serious damages are caused?
- IOT devices have been hacked
A DAILY CALL UNANSWERED COULD SAVE THE DAY”
Gail Atwood, 52, fell down inside her Brownsville home on July 26 at about 9:30 p.m. and tried to use her push-button necklace to summon help – but it malfunctioned and nobody showed up, she claims in her Brooklyn Supreme Court lawsuit.
“I was screaming. I was trying to slide through the house,” said the diabetic Atwood, whose body is partially paralyzed from a stroke.
“The medical alert failed me and I could have died in the apartment.”
But in an embarrassing twist, Atwood’s lawyer accidentally sued the higher-profile amulet company Life Alert — instead of the company that actually provided Atwood’s pendant, Medical Alert.
The company that made Life Alert was infamous in the 1990s for a series of ads where an elderly woman lying on the floor would cry into the pendant, “Help, I’ve fallen and I can’t get up.”
The product was so well-known it has been used as a punchline on “30 Rock,” “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” and “Family Matters.”
“I made a mistake. I sued the wrong company. I feel like an idiot,” said Atwood lawyer Michael Collesano.
Atwood confirmed that the company that made and services her pendant is actually named Medical Alert.
The mistake was not discovered until Life Alert saw the photo of Atwood’s pendant on the New York Post website and had their lawyer call a reporter to correct Collesano’s mistake.
“Life Alert has no records of a subscriber Gail Atwood. That’s not Life Alert’s pendant,” said Life Alert lawyer Ralph Loeb.
Atwood lay on her floor for three days before a neighbor knocked on her door while walking his dogs.
“I didn’t hear anything at first. But I keep knocking and then I heard a little voice say, ‘Help, call the police,’” said neighbor Errol Minott, 50.
“When I found out it was three days I was amazed she lived that long.”
Atwood said she spent five days recovering at Brookdale Hospital.
A week before she fell, a Cablevision rep visited her home to “provide maintenance” to the phone lines that carry the signal.
Cablevision is also named in the suit.
Atwood said she knows other neighbors heard her but never came to her aid.
“I know people heard me screaming for help, but nobody would come help. I was angry,” she said, adding that she has used the necklace in the past when she needed help.
Cablevision declined to comment as they had not yet seen the complaint.
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