EMT / EMS Negligence
Experienced Mississippi Lawyers Obtain Compensation When EMTs Cause Injury
Fighting for patients injured by emergency medical services
When medical emergencies occur, we count on first responders and emergency medical services (EMS) to provide us with medical care that is expedient and appropriate for our presenting conditions. These are often life and death situations, where a wrong decision or unreasonable delay can lead to further injury or the wrongful death of an innocent patient.
When emergency medical technicians (EMTs) or paramedics act in a negligent manner, the law firm of Merkel & Cocke, P.A. is there to hold them accountable for the injuries they cause. From medication errors to ambulance equipment failures, our skilled Mississippi EMT negligence attorneys have the knowledge and experience to obtain fair and just compensation. We have spent more than three decades advocating for injured people across Mississippi, Tennessee, and Arkansas. Let us put our skills to work for you.
Common types of EMT errors
First responders answer calls for help at all times of day and night. They are trained to provide emergency treatment that stabilizes patients until further care is secured from a hospital or other medical facility. An error in the administration of this care can have catastrophic effects. At Merkel & Cocke, our experienced lawyers have seen injury claims arising from such acts of negligence as:
- Inadequate training of paramedics and EMTs
- Unreasonable response times
- Failure to adequately treat life-threatening injuries and medical conditions
- Lack of adequate equipment
- Improper use of medical devices and equipment
- Defective or broken ambulance or ambulatory equipment
- Medication errors
- Inadequate communication with the hospital
- Errors in the administration of oxygen
These types of mistakes and errors can have serious consequences. The patient may experience additional injury, or the presenting condition may worsen, endangering the patient’s life. With more than 200 years of collective legal experience, our team works together to identify what type of negligence occurred and how it impacted your health. We work with experts in the medical field to fully investigate your injuries and craft a successful case for compensation.
The law firm you can trust for ambulance-related injuries
EMS and EMTs must be prepared to handle the emergencies they see every day. This includes ensuring that the ambulance and all emergency equipment is maintained and operated in proper working order. During an emergency, ambulances can be some of the most dangerous vehicles on the roadways. When moving to and from facilities such as the North Mississippi Medical Center or the University of Mississippi Medical Center, they travel at high speeds, sometimes without regard to traffic signals. The possibility of an accident is high, which can cause additional harm to the transported patient.
Vehicle accidents are only one cause of injuries that can occur during ambulance transport. Inadequate or improperly maintained equipment can also lead to catastrophic harms. A broken defibrillator or oxygen machine may result in the wrongful death of a patient. When these tragedies occur, our legal team works with the family to hold emergency medical providers accountable for the pain and suffering caused by their negligence.
Quality representation when EMS negligence causes injury in Mississippi
If an EMT caused injury to you or a family member, you deserve compensation from all responsible parties. With the reputable attorneys of Merkel & Cocke on your side, you can trust that you have experienced lawyers fighting for your best interests. Our skilled legal team provides client services from our offices in Jackson and Clarksdale, where we also assist injured parties throughout Mississippi, including Tupelo, Jackson, Cleveland, Indianola, and across the Gulf Coast region. We also handle EMT and ambulance injury cases occurring in Tennessee and Arkansas. Call us today at 662-627-9641 or complete our contact form. Your first consultation is free.