You may file a lawsuit if first responders cause a serious injury or wrongful death. Emergency medical technicians or paramedics responding to a call may face allegations of medical malpractice.
Licensed professionals owe a duty of care when they treat you or a family member requiring immediate medical attention. As noted by EMS1.com, failing to provide proper care, which then causes injury or death, may reflect a breach of duty.
A breach causing harm may lead to damages
Errors could occur during a catastrophic accident, and first responders may experience overwhelming stress when aiding victims of natural disasters. The duty of care during these events requires increased attention.
Under any circumstances, however, a team of paramedics may need to monitor each other’s work or take turns treating an injured patient. If first responders neglect to perform a task necessary to save a family member’s life, you may seek damages through a legal action.
Florida family receives $2.75 million settlement
As reported by FOX 13 News, investigators found that paramedics were negligent and failed in their duty when they responded to a call in Hillsborough County. The mother of a 30-year-old woman called an ambulance after her daughter suffered a stroke. When paramedics arrived, they reportedly refused to take her to the hospital and suggested she “had too much to drink.”
The mother then drove her daughter to the hospital, where she slipped into a coma and died. The investigation revealed the paramedics failed to take her vital signs. The family’s lawsuit resulted in a $2.75 million settlement.
If a family member’s death occurs as a result of a preventable medical mishap or misjudgment, you have a right to seek recovery for the loss. Damages may include funeral expenses, loss of companionship and the financial support your loved one would have provided.