Have you suffered due to the slow response time, inaction or error of ambulance paramedics? If you were injured, or suffered deterioration of your condition for any of the reasons outlined above, the law entitles you to pursue a medical negligence claim to compensate for your suffering. Our clinical negligence solicitors have won many a successful claim against ambulance paramedics, and have the expertise necessary to fight your corner for maximum compensation. Find out whether you can make a no win no fee claim using our easy 2-minute online application form.
Our clinical negligence solicitors bear extensive experience of negligence claims involving emergency services personnel and paramedics. Some of the most common types of claims against ambulance paramedics are brought for:
- Delays in reaching the accident scene due to poor communication.
- Misdiagnosis of life-threatening conditions such as heart attacks and strokes.
- Failure to recognise the severity of patient symptoms/ injuries.
- Delays in treatment caused by an incorrect paramedic diagnosis.
- Failure to respond to an emergency call-out immediately.
- Administering the wrong treatment/ medication to a patient with allergies.
NHS paramedics are generally the first respondents when a catastrophic accident has been reported, and owing to their promptness and dedication, many thousands of lives are saved annually in the UK. These healthcare professionals are trained to the very highest standard, which is why most patients are naturally confident they’ll be in the best possible hands. Although in the vast majority of circumstances this trust is well placed, there are occasions when ambulance personnel and paramedics make mistakes that can, in extreme cases, prove fatal if not rectified immediately.
As with any medical negligence claim, pursuing a claim against ambulance paramedics can be complicated if you’re not familiar with personal injury law. Our medical negligence solicitors aim to simplify the process of claiming with advice and support tailored to your individual needs. Speak to one of our clinical negligence specialists about a free consultation today by calling our free helpline number.
Common Reasons For Paramedic Negligence
The role of a paramedic is fundamental to the NHS. They are both responsible for transporting patients to and from hospital, and acting as emergency medical responders when accidents are reported. Naturally this level of responsibility, coupled with the stress of situations encountered can make it all the more difficult to accurately assess patients in a critical condition, and make an informed decision about how best to treat them until they reach hospital. In most cases, paramedics provide an exceptional standard of care to patients, taking reasonable steps to ensure that patient well-being is of utmost priority, however, medical errors do happen.
A significant proportion of claims made against paramedics are filed for delays in attending the scene of an accident, or a patient’s home. Obviously there are circumstances where delays cannot be prevented, such as when roads are heavily congested, however, miscommunication is also a contributing factor. Other examples of paramedic negligence include inappropriate lifting of patients with suspected back injuries, failure to carry out CPR immediately, and misdiagnosing life-threatening conditions such as heart attacks.
Pursuing A Claim Against Ambulance Paramedics
The foremost priority of a paramedic is to reach and treat a patient in distress within as short a time period as feasibly possible. While it can often be challenging to determine patient injuries if he/ she is unconscious, ambulance personnel must make informed decisions based on the injuries presented, and administer treatment as necessary. Failure to act immediately can have dire consequences for the person injured, particularly if they have suffered a heart attack, head injury, or wounds inflicted by a weapon.
To file a paramedic negligence claim, there must be some degree of proof that the inaction or incompetence of a paramedic led to the suffering of a patient in their care. Such types of negligence are not always easy to prove, and it may mean we need to seek the opinion of an independent medical professional to substantiate the evidence given.
Our clinical negligence experts have handled many thousands of claims brought for paramedic negligence, so even if you think your claim may be too difficult to prove, we strongly encourage having your case evaluated by an expert in this field. We can usually have an answer for you within 24 hours.
Compensation For Paramedic Negligence
Negligence cases involving ambulance personnel are quite rare in the UK due to their training and skill. Occasionally, however, there are situations where paramedic negligence leads to long-term complications – not only for patients, but the spouses and families who depend on them for a household income.
Compensation can be a blessing in disguise at such a critical time, providing essential funding for private treatment, as well as other expenses for home modifications and rehabilitative care. Our medical negligence solicitors understand the difficulties faced by families after such devastating news, and work hard to negotiate with the opposition for maximum compensation. Furthermore, we never make any up front payments and we aim to get our clients the maximum compensation if your claim is successful.
If you are thinking about filing a claim for paramedic negligence, our clinical negligence experts offer a free claim assessment service that could help you understand how much your claim might be worth. Complete our 2-minute application form to arrange your assessment, and one of our solicitors will contact you to discuss your case at a time to suit you.