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When a loved one dies following a car crash or other type of accident, family members may wonder whether there was anything that the emergency medical technicians and paramedics could have done to prevent the death.  Paramedic and emergency medical technician (EMT) negligence is rare in Texas, but it does happen.
EMTs and paramedics are first responders whose jobs are to provide emergency treatment at accident scenes. EMTs are trained to check for life threatening conditions and perform lifesaving interventions until the patient can be brought to the hospital. In most cases, EMTs cannot administer medications.
A paramedic is an EMT with advanced life support training. Unlike an EMT, a paramedic can give shots and start intravenous lifelines. They are trained to use about 30 different medications.
An EMT/paramedic’s duty is to:

  1. Check for life-threatening conditions and treat symptoms in accordance with their training
  2. Prepare the patient for transport
  3. Provide safe and immediate transportation to the nearest a hospital or medical facility
  4. Take charge of the patient’s care until the ambulance arrives at the hospital

Examples of paramedic and EMT Negligence:

  • Lack of proper EMT/paramedic certification
  • Lack of proper training
  • Failure to arrive at the scene in a timely manner
  • Failure to adequately staff ambulances
  • Failure to bring necessary life-saving equipment to the scene
  • Failure to maintain ambulance equipment
  • Misuse or improper use of medical devices
  • Administering the wrong or inappropriate medicine or incorrect dosage
  • Neglecting to take a patient history
  • Failure to check airway, breathing, and circulation
  • Acting beyond the scope of an EMT/paramedic
  • Failure to create and preserve records of the incident
  • Reckless or negligent driving
  • Leaving the patient at the accident scene
  • Physical or sexual assault

In Texas, EMTs and paramedics cannot be sued individually, but the ambulance companies or fire departments that they work for can be sued and held liable for ambulance malpractice. Families who lose a loved one because of ambulance malpractice may file a wrongful death claim for medical bills, funeral expenses, loss of support and companionship, and loss of future income.
For more information about medical malpractice lawsuits in Texas, request a free copy of Dallas wrongful death attorney Jeff Rasansky’s book, The Epidemic of Medical Mistakes & Understanding Your Rights.
If you believe that your loved one died because of the negligence of a Dallas EMT or paramedic, please contact the Dallas attorneys at the Rasansky Law Firm by calling 1-877-405-4313.

  1. My mother died sunday night. It took the paramedics30 minutes to get to my house. Then they took their time getting out and coming in the house. They almost dropped her my neighbor had to help with the stretcher. After getting her into the ambulance it took them over 30 minutes to drive off to the hospital. She was talking saying she couldn’t breathe. They didn’t give her anything. No oxygen. I would like to know if i have a case my mother would still be here if they moved and did their jon correctly. My neighbor watched the whole thing told me to get the license plates because they didn’t know what they were doing

    • We are so very sorry to hear this. Please contact us 24/7 at (214) 651-6100 to discuss your potential case.

  2. I was wondering if it was possible because my grandpa was having a heart attack, the paramedics were called, they came but their equipment wasn’t charged. He soon died after because they couldn’t do anything.

    • We are so very sorry to hear this. Please contact us 24/7 at (214) 651-6100 to discuss your potential case.

  3. I need a lawyer to sue emt for turning my mother down and telling us her blacking out was her just in pain when she was bleeding Internally

    • We are so very sorry to hear this. Please contact us 24/7 at (214) 651-6100 to discuss your potential case. We look forward to hearing from you.

  4. Half of the ambulance staff are murderers.

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