First responders have an incredibly difficult job. EMTs and Paramedics are tasked with being the first responders in a line of medical professionals responsible for saving lives. They must arrive at a scene, administer lifesaving care, and get a patient to the hospital. But what happens when an EMT makes a mistake? Who will be held liable? At the Weitz Firm, our knowledgeable and experienced Philadelphia medical malpractice lawyers want to discuss this topic. If you or a loved one have been harmed due to the negligence of a healthcare professional, we are here to help.
Just like any other licensed or certified healthcare professional, EMTs and paramedics must perform their duties at an appropriate level of care. Some of the most common examples of what can go wrong include an EMT’s:
There are various levels of EMT certifications – Basic, Intermediate, Paramedic. Each of these levels is allowed to perform certain skills and administer certain medications. A patient requiring paramedic level care should never be left to the care of an intermediate or basic EMT. This could constitute negligence on the part of the agency the EMTs work for.
In most cases, the agency or provider the EMT works for will be held accountable for the EMT’s negligence. This can include:
Yes, a medical malpractice case involving an EMT or paramedic can become wrongful death cases. It must be proven that the negligent actions of the EMT led to the death of the patient. Like a medical malpractice case, a wrongful death case requires extensive investigation.
If you or someone you love has been injured due to the careless or negligent actions of an EMT, please seek legal assistance today. At the Weitz Firm, LLC we specialize in medical malpractice cases. Our goal is to fully investigate what happened in your case so we can secure the compensation you deserve. This can include: