What errors can occur?
Paramedics and EMTs operate in a variety of places. Emergencies can happen anywhere, and at any time. Therefore, the errors and negligence can begin from the start of a call. If an ambulance were to take too long for an injury that, for example, cut off blood flow or oxygen to the brain or resulted in excessive blood loss, the patient could die, or permanent damage may be suffered as a result of negligence. Other types of errors include:
- Incorrect administration of medication - Too much, too little, or simply the wrong type of medication can be a deadly mistake for a paramedic to make.
- Negligent use of restraints - Applying them in the back of a crowded ambulance instead of prior to loading the patient into the vehicle could be the later cause of a patient falling off the gurney or attempting an escape.
- Taking excessive time with patient treatment - Waiting to begin chest compressions or administer oxygen can be fatal in the long run.
These are only a few of the many errors that can happen under the care of a paramedic or EMT. The injuries that can happen under emergency circumstances can range from SIRVA (a shoulder infection brought on by an injection into the wrong site) to death or serious consequences from a flawed transfusion, or air bubble in a syringe.
Do I need a lawyer?
If you or a loved one was injured at the hands of a paramedic or EMT, you should consult an attorney immediately. In Idaho, you have two years from the date of the incident to act. But your medical bills and the amounts of financial, physical, and emotional damage that have been suffered should be taken care of long before that. Contact us today for a free consultation. If you have a case, we can help claim the compensation that you deserve for your suffering.