Causes of Dallas Paramedic Medical Malpractice
- May 8, 2013
- Medical Malpractice
When dialing 9-1-1 in the event of an emergency, the emergency responders generally show up in a short amount of time. They provide an amazing service that saves the lives of many people daily. These workers are trained to perform at an extremely high level of expertise—and they must, as the lives of many are on the line daily.
Paramedics are tasked with being the first line of defense against life threatening situations that are outside of hospitals and ERs. Although paramedics must perform in tough situations and many times do not have much time to save a life, they sometimes act in a manner that is considered negligent. When this happens, they may be held liable in a medical malpractice claim.
Common causes of Dallas paramedic medical malpractice are:
- Misdiagnoses – When paramedics arrive to an emergency, they are expected to treat and diagnose the patient until they arrive at the hospital. A misdiagnosis on the part of a paramedic can have dire consequences.
- Timeliness – Part of a paramedic’s job is to reach the scene of the emergency in a timely manner. Failing to do so may result in the victim’s condition becoming more severe, or even fatal.
- Pain medications – To ease the horrible pain that is caused by injury or medical tension, pain medication may be administered by the paramedics. The wrong medication may cause the patient to suffer.
- Stabilizing – As the paramedic treats the patient, it is important that the patient be properly stabilized until they reach the hospital. Failure to properly stabilize the patient may result in further injury or death.
If you have been the victim of medical malpractice, you may be entitled to compensation. To discuss your legal options, contact an experienced Dallas medical malpractice lawyer at Guajardo and Marks LLP. Call 877-290-1382 today for a free case evaluation.