Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) August 28, 2012
News reports that the City of Los Angeles might bill two women who tried to help a car accident victim have caused outrage in Southern California.
Stacey Lee Schreiber and Irma Zamora ran to help when they saw a car veer off the road and crash into a fire hydrant and a light pole. The accident caused the water pooling in the streets to be electrically charged, and when the women went to help, they were electrocuted and both died as a result.
While an exception might be made in this case, according to KCBS-TV, the Los Angeles Fire Department said the city’s municipal code generally does not allow billing exceptions and that means the families of the Good Samaritans could be charged, potentially thousands of dollars, for the efforts to revive them at the scene and transport them to the hospital.
“We understand the financial hardships that come along with the death of a family member. It’s the last thing a person thinks about when this kind of tragedy happens,” said Morgan Drexen CEO Walter Ledda.
“So many of the attorneys we support say their clients got into financial trouble because of medical bills or a death in the family,” he said.
Ledda today announced a plan to help the victims of the family by holding fundraisers at the Costa Mesa company. Each month, the legal support services company holds a “denim day” fundraiser for CHOC Children’s, during which time, employees donate to the charity for the privilege of wearing jeans to work instead of adhering to the usual corporate dress code.
Denim Day will be expanded to collect funds for Schreiber and Zamora’s families to help in whatever way they need.
“We’re in the process of reaching out to the families,” said company spokesperson Karen Carlson, herself a Good Samaritan. Carlson was recognized by the American Red Cross for saving the life of a boy in 1999.
"There are so many ways in which our employees can help, and we’ve seen them step up time and time again to help when needed.”
Morgan Drexen (http://www.morgandrexen.com) provides outsourced legal support services to attorneys across the country, including paralegal, paraprofessional and back office support. The company is based in Costa Mesa, and has more than 325 employees.