When someone is seriously injured in a Madison car accident or a Milwaukee slip and fall, the first people to provide medical treatment are emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedics. These first responders are not doctors, and they cannot treat injuries. A first responder’s job is to check for life-threatening conditions, stabilize the patient, and get him to the hospital so he can get the care he needs.
Sometimes, stabilizing the patient is beyond the scope of the EMT. An EMT may try every intervention within his training and still not be able to save a life that might have been saved in a hospital. As long as the EMT acted within the scope of his training, this is not a Wisconsin wrongful death.
EMT negligence in Wisconsin is rare, but it can happen. Here are some examples of EMT and ambulance malpractice:
- Reckless or negligent driving that causes a Wisconsin ambulance accident
- Failure to equip ambulances with necessary supplies
- Failure to bring life-saving equipment to an emergency call
- Failure to properly maintain the ambulance’s equipment
- Failure to adequately staff the ambulance
- Misuse use of medical devices
- Medication mistakes, including the administration of an inappropriate medication or the incorrect dosage of a medication
- Neglecting to take a complete patient history
- Failure to check a patient’s airway, breathing, and circulation
- Acting beyond the scope of the EMT’s or paramedic’s training
- Failure to keep a record of the incident (fill out forms and reports)
- Leaving the patient at the scene of an accident
- Leaving the patient at the hospital without signing over care
- Miscommunication with the hospital
- Physical assault
- Sexual assault
How do you know if EMT malpractice caused your loved one’s death? Contact the Wisconsin wrongful death attorneys at Hupy and Abraham at 800-800-5678. The initial consultation is free, and we’ll be able to tell you if you and your family have a valid Wisconsin wrongful death claim.