Some of the most critical treatment that a patient receives occurs in the minutes after an injury or acute health crisis. That treatment can go a long way toward dictating — either positively or negatively — the patient’s outcome. What if you or a loved one suffer Medical Malpractice due to the negligence of an EMT?

Who’s Liable?

What if an EMT makes a mistake in treating you at the scene, or what if first-responders refuse to treat you at all? In every medical malpractice case, the patient must prove that a defendant acted negligently. To prove medical negligence, the patient must establish a breach of a duty of care.

Massachusetts law prohibits claims against EMTs and paramedics individually, but permits claims against the employer, who may be held vicariously liable for punitive damages for employee negligence.

Other potential damages include medical bills, loss of future income, loss of support and loss of companionship.

Examples of Paramedic and EMT Negligence

  • Failure to respond in a timely manner
  • Failure to bring required equipment to the scene
  • Failure to create and preserve accurate records
  • Failure to maintain ambulatory equipment
  • Failure to properly use medical devices
  • Administering the wrong medicine or incorrect dosage
  • Failure to maintain proper EMT and paramedic certifications
  • Failure to properly staff ambulances
  • Negligent driving to the hospital

Contact An Attorney

If you or a loved one feel that you may be the victim of medical malpractice due to the mistake of an EMT, contact us to speak to one of our experienced attornies.

The Law Offices of Dussault & Zatir

 

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