Paramedic and EMT Negligence

Paramedic and EMT Negligence

Choose An Experienced Massachusetts Ambulance Accident Lawyer

The lawyers at Breakstone, White & Gluck of Boston represent individuals who have been injured by the negligence of paramedics or emergency medical technicians (EMTs). First responders provide critical care and have a duty to respond promptly, properly diagnose and treat symptoms. They have a further duty to create and preserve accurate records of the treatment they provide.

At Breakstone, White & Gluck, we have extensive experience handling Massachusetts medical malpractice claims, including those involving EMT and paramedic negligence and errors. We have secured record-setting awards for victims and their families. Through our experience, vigorous investigations and relationships with leading medical professionals, we have achieved results for our clients.

Ambulance Negligence and Medical Malpractice Cases

Paramedic Negligence. Failure to treat infant with febrile seizures, $10.2 million. Also read a Boston Magazine article about this case.

Medical Malpractice. Anesthesia Complications, Severe Infant Brain Injury, $7.5 million.

Medical Malpractice. Ovarian Cancer, Wrongful Death, $3 million.

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

What Kind of Training Are Paramedics and EMTs Required to Have?

There are three levels of training for Massachusetts medical response professionals: EMT Basic, EMT Intermediate and Advanced Paramedic Training. To meet certification, professionals must receive training at programs accredited by the Massachusetts Office of Emergency Services. Ongoing training is required for recertification.

Where Can Paramedic and EMT Negligence Occur?

EMT and paramedic negligence can happen anywhere. EMTs and paramedics are the first responders in medical emergencies, whether an injury occurs on the playground, highway, home, workplace or other setting.

At the scene, EMTs and paramedics have a duty to diagnose and treat symptoms in accordance with their training. They have a duty to provide safe and prompt transportation to a hospital or medical facility. They are responsible for the patient’s care until the ambulance arrives at the hospital.

Who is Liable for Paramedic and EMT Mistakes

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.

Choosing a Massachusetts EMT Negligence Lawyer

If your family is involved in a case of ambulance negligence, it is important to contact an experienced Boston medical malpractice lawyer immediately. Massachusetts has a strict Statute of Limitations governing how long you can a file medical malpractice claim. It it is critical to preserve your rights.

The lawyers at Breakstone, White & Gluck have over 85 years combined experience handling complex medical malpractice and ambulance negligence cases. We have handled medical malpractice cases across the state, including in Boston, Cambridge and Worcester hospitals. We have the skills, expertise and resources to handle your case.

If you have a case, contact us at 800-379-1244 for a free consultation. You can also reach us by using our contact form.