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Legal Help When EMTs or Paramedics Cause Harm to a Patient

Paramedics and EMTs have a duty of care to the people they serve, based on their training as providers of emergency medical services. In many cases, they provide the first care a patient receives in an emergency.

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How Can Paramedics and EMTs Be Negligent?

Emergency medical service providers can commit malpractice in several ways, including:

  • Delay in responding to an emergency situation
  • Failure to follow standard evaluation protocols
  • Misdiagnosis of a patient’s condition at the scene of response or in the ambulance
  • Improper placement on an IV line
  • Failure to administer necessary medications, or administration of inappropriate medications
  • Failure to have life-saving materials on hand, such as oxygen, epinephrine (for severe allergic reactions), and naloxone HCI (for drug overdose)
  • Rough patient handling or reckless driving leading to further injury
  • Failure to stabilize a critically ill patient
  • Failure to provide correct information to emergency room staff
  • Medical device or ambulance equipment failures

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Could Someone Other Than a Paramedic or EMT Be Liable for Your Injuries?

In some cases, a party other than the EMT or paramedic may be liable for injuries. For example:

  • Dispatchers who give incorrect information to emergency medical service providers
  • Doctors who give incorrect instructions verbally over the phone to EMTs or paramedics
  • Emergency services companies that fail to provide sufficient training in the use of new equipment for emergency workers
  • Emergency services companies that insufficiently staff their ambulances

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How Do You Prove Negligence on the Part of an Emergency Medical Services Provider?

Negligence on the part of EMTs and paramedics is essentially the same as with other healthcare providers. To win a case based on negligence, you must show:

  • The paramedic or EMT had a duty of care to provide competent emergency medical services.
  • The paramedic or EMT breached that duty of care.
  • The breach of care on the part of the EMT or paramedic caused you harm.
  • You suffered damages as a result.

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What Types of Compensation Are Available for EMT or Paramedic Malpractice?

If you have been injured through paramedic or EMT negligence, you may be entitled to recover compensation for your losses. This compensation may include economic damages, such as past and future medical expenses, lost wages, and loss of earning capacity, and noneconomic damages, such as pain and suffering, emotional distress, and loss of enjoyment of life. Our Denver medical malpractice lawyer can tell you if you have a case and what damages you may be entitled to claim.

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Why Choose Us?

At Leventhal Puga Braley P.C., we have more than 40 years of experience successfully representing clients injured through medical negligence. Our firm has won two of the highest medical malpractice verdicts ever awarded in Colorado. Our partners have been recognized among the top lawyers in Colorado and the U.S.

There is no charge for your initial consultation. Call us at (303) 759-9945 or toll-free at (877) 433-3906 for legal help if paramedic or EMT medical malpractice has caused you harm.

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