jessica yochum Mt. Lebanon Woman Claims Mistreatment of Epileptic Seizure

A Mt. :ebanon woman is suing emergency responders who she says failed to properly treat her epileptic seizure and instead charged her with assault.

Jessica Yochum, of Mount Lebanon, had a seizure at a restaurant on Feb. 22. Her federal lawsuit filed yesterday says emergency medical workers were told about the seizure and should have let it run its course.

Instead, the lawsuit says the 23-year-old woman was handcuffed, shackled and restrained.

The lawsuit says Yochum was still seizing when she bit an ambulance worker. Mount Lebanon police charged her with aggravated assault, which a judge later dismissed.

Yochum alleges violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act and due process.

Defendants, including the ambulance service, declined comment.