When can I sue an ambulance company for wrongful death?


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 (214) 617-1886.



2525 McKinnon Street #550 Dallas, Texas 75201

Note: The information that was utilized in this post was gathered from the use of secondary sources. This information used has not been confirmed or independently verified. If you locate any information that is not correct, please contact our firm as soon as possible so that we can make the appropriate corrections. If you find any information that is false, we will remove or correct the post immediately after it is brought to our attention.

Disclaimer: As a valued member of the Dallas community, Rasansky Law Firm’s goal is to improve the safety of all residents in the great state of Texas. These posts should not be viewed as a solicitation for business and the information included herein should not be taken as medical or legal advice. The photos used in this post are not representative of the actual crash scene.

Related Post

September 2, 2017
What are the laws regarding texting and cell phone use while driving in Texas?

Answer: As of September 1st, 2017, texting and driving within the state of Texas is officially illegal. The offense is punishable by a fine of $25-99 for first-time offenders, and $100-200 for repeat […]

Read More
November 4, 2016
What is proximate cause?

  Answer: Proximate cause can be defined as an act from which an injury results as a natural, direct, uninterrupted consequence, and without which, the injury would not have occurred. It may not […]

Read More
November 4, 2016
What's the difference between an accident and a crash?

Answer: Generally speaking, the term "accident" refers to an unintentional collision. At the same time, many people feel as though referring to collisions as "accidents" implies that no one was at-fault, and/or works to […]

Read More

Why Choose
Rasansky Law Firm

Over 30+ Years Of Personal Injury Experience

Top-Rated and Award-Winning Personal Injury Lawyers

Attorneys Available to Discuss Your Case Now

No Fee Unless You Win

Free Confidential Consultation.

Request A Free Consultation

Fill out the form below to receive a free and confidential initial consultation with an experienced personal injury lawyer.