If you are involved in an emergency situation, you expect to have experienced and qualified paramedics and EMTs respond to your call for assistance. What you don’t expect is ambulance personnel and companies that fail to follow the proper regulations to help keep patients safe from harm.
You may also not realize that these situations arise more often than you think. At Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers, we will review your situation and determine negligence in your case. You can also count on us to ensure the liable party is held responsible for your injuries.
Understanding the Expected Standards During an Ambulance Response
An ambulance company and the people who work for it, including EMTs and paramedics, are required to follow certain standards. These standards are set by law and by the company itself.
The standards and guidelines that must be followed include:
- Appropriate care offered to the patient
- Proper vehicle maintenance and repairs
- Appropriate medications and equipment
- Proper communication
- Proper patient transport
- Medical equipment that is safe and working properly
- Delivery of patient information
- Proper care is given while in-route
- Proper education and personnel
- Timely response to any calls for assistance
- Timely delivery of the patient
What Rights Do You Have?
If an ambulance company or the people who work for the company fail to follow the set regulations or if they do not abide by a certain standard of care, it may result in a permanent injury to the patient in question. In these situations, you can file a medical malpractice claim. The legal professionals at Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers will be happy to answer any questions you have about this situation and your rights.
Types of Injuries You May Sustain
If an ambulance company doesn’t follow set guidelines and standards, the injuries you may sustain are vast. For example, if they fail to get you to the hospital in a timely manner, your minor condition may become more severe, even if they treat you on the way. It doesn’t matter what injury you experience, you have the right to recover compensation for your losses.
Types of Damages You Can Recover
If you are injured due to improper care or a failure to follow standards and guidelines while being cared for in an ambulance or by ambulance personnel, you have the right to recover damages. Some of the damages you may be able to recover include:
- All related medical costs caused by the injury you sustained
- Past and future lost earnings due to the injury
- Pain and suffering
- Property damage
- Punitive damages (in extreme cases)
Why You Need an Attorney to Help with Ambulance Liability Cases
When it comes to ambulance liability cases, it’s on you to show that the actions or inactions of the company or employees are what caused your injuries. This requires you to collect evidence and use it to build a solid case. If you are injured, your main priority should be your recovery. That’s where our attorneys come in.
We will work and utilize our resources and experience to build a case for you. Our goal will be to help you receive the maximum amount of compensation possible for the losses and injuries you suffered. Our team has represented hundreds of cases like this in the past, and you can rely on us to provide you with the same quality and professional representation.
The first step is to get in touch with our legal team at Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers to schedule an initial appointment to discuss your situation and claim. This consultation is free and there’s no obligation for speaking with us.