Connecticut Ambulance Liability Lawyers
From childhood, we learn when there’s an emergency, you dial 911. We expect an ambulance, carrying paramedics and emergency medical technicians (EMTs), to respond to the emergency. But ambulance companies, ambulance personnel, paramedics, and EMTs don’t always follow the regulations designed to keep you safe during an ambulance response.
And contrary to popular belief, ambulance companies, ambulance personnel, air ambulances, paramedics, flight nurses, respiratory therapists, and EMTs are not immune from liability-or responsibility-just because they are responding to an emergency. Our Connecticut medical malpractice attorneys at Carter Mario Injury Lawyers can help if an ambulance operator’s negligence, or carelessness, results in a preventable injury.
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Standards for Ambulance Response
Ambulance companies, ambulance personnel, paramedics, and EMTs are required by law to follow standards, just like other healthcare providers.
In Connecticut, the standards and guidelines that must be followed for ambulance responses include:
- Proper ambulance mechanical repair and maintenance
- Appropriate equipment and medications on board ambulance
- Complete patient information delivered to hospital personnel
- Medical equipment in working order
- Proper assessment of patient’s condition on arrival
- Proper care provided to patient under the circumstances
- Proper communication with physicians and other healthcare providers when evaluating a patient
- Proper education, experience, and qualifications of ambulance personnel and EMTs
- Proper patient care provided en route to the hospital
- Proper patient transportation from location to the stretcher
- Proper patient transportation from the stretcher into the ambulance
- Timely delivery of patient to the hospital
- Timely response to 911 calls
Connecticut law also mandates certain minimum equipment for ambulances and other emergency response vehicles. For example, oxygen administration apparatus with two hours supply, portable oxygen administration apparatus with 30 minutes supply, which is operable totally detached from parent vehicle, suction apparatus, and resuscitation equipment in infant, child and adult sizes are all required. In addition, adult and pediatric blood pressure cuffs, an obstetrical kit, and fire extinguishers are all required and must be in working order.
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When an ambulance company, paramedic or EMT fails to follow regulations, or acts below the professional standard of care and this causes permanent injury to a patient, a malpractice case may be filed. Our Connecticut medical malpractice attorneys at Carter Mario Injury Lawyers know ambulance protocol because our team comprises a medical doctor (M.D.) and registered nurse (R.N.) who are both attorneys. We would be happy to answer any of your questions.
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