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New York Ambulance Malpractice

Millions of New Yorkers rely on the assistance of EMTs, paramedics, and other emergency personnel when they are facing a medical emergency. EMTs are trained to provide specific types of medical assistance and to transport patients to hospitals for further treatment. EMTs save countless lives every year. However, there are instances in which instead of helping a person in need, the EMT causes an additional injury, or makes the condition worse. Just like doctors, nurses, dentists, and other medical professionals, EMTs can be liable for medical malpractice for errors that they make. If you suffered a serious injured that you believe was caused by the negligent actions of an EMT, paramedic, or ambulance operator, contact an experienced New York ambulance malpractice lawyer as you may be entitled to compensation for you medical expenses and other economic and non-economic losses you suffered as a result of the negligence.

Common paramedic mistakes

Common types of EMT/paramedic errors include:

  • Failure to respond in a timely manner
  • Failure to follow standard EMT evaluation protocols
  • Failure to bring required equipment to the scene
  • Misdiagnoses made by an EMT or paramedic
  • Ambulatory equipment failures
  • Failure to properly use medical devices
  • Poor training
  • Medication errors
  • Failure to maintain proper certifications
  • Failure to properly staff ambulances
  • Negligent driving, leading to further injury

June called 911 for her baby who was lethargic and had a high fever. After 20 minutes the paramedics still had not arrived. The baby began to suffer seizures. Finally, the paramedics arrived 30 minutes after they were dispatched. They reported that they after leaving for the call, they had to return because they forgot to load of the medical equipment into the ambulance, including the key to the narcotics compartment. By the time they arrived the baby’s condition was significantly worse. The baby suffered irreparable brain damage that could have been avoided had the paramedics arrived sooner and administered medication. With the help of an ambulance malpractice attorney in New York, June filed a lawsuit against paramedics on behalf of her baby.

Pursuing compensation

If you believe that your injury was caused because of the negligent action of a paramedic or EMT, contact a New York ambulance malpractice attorney to discuss the events that resulting in your injuries. Keep in mind that your lawsuit cannot be based on the injuries that were caused by the accident or illness that you already had that prompted you to call for emergency help. Your lawsuit must be based on evidence that you suffered additional injuries, or your pre-existing injuries or illness was made worse because of the negligent actions of the emergency personnel.

When you file your claim, you can demand damages for the medical expenses related to the injuries caused by negligence, such as hospital fees, medication, and therapy. You can also demand payment for lost wages, and loss of future earning capacity, as well as other out-of-pocket expenses. In addition, you can also demand payment for non-economic damages such as pain and suffering and diminished quality of life. If a family member passed away due to paramedic negligence, you may have the right to wrongful death compensation.

Contact the Law Offices of Stephen Bilkis & Associates

If you or a loved one has suffered a serious injury due to the negligence of an EMT or paramedic, you may be entitled to compensation for those injuries and your related losses. The ambulance malpractice attorneys serving New York at the Law Offices of Stephen Bilkis & Associates have years of experience helping victims injured by medical professionals recover substantial compensation. Contact us at 800.696.9529 to schedule a free, no obligation consultation regarding your case. We represent clients in the following locations: the Bronx, Brooklyn, Long Island, Manhattan, Nassau County, Queens, Staten Island, Suffolk County and Westchester County.

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