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EMT Negligence in Rochester

New York medical malpractice cases can take many forms. If you or someone close to you has been injured by an EMT’s carelessness or error, you need to reach out to a Rochester medical malpractice attorney. At DeFrancisco & Falgiatano Personal Injury Lawyers, we are committed to getting our clients the compensation in the form of damages for the injuries you suffered. Proving paramedic or New York EMT malpractice can get complicated and requires a thorough understanding of the law.

Paramedics and emergency medical technicians (EMTs) have a significant impact on how well patients will recover from trauma they have suffered. Since these medical professionals are typically the first to arrive at the scene of the emergency, they have to be prepared to respond quickly and accurately, as well as have the proper equipment to do so. It is also important to remain calm and levelheaded in these high stress situations. Unfortunately, paramedics and EMTs often make medical mistakes that lead to serious patient harm. Examples of such errors include, but are not limited to:

  • Delayed response by first responders or ambulance;
  • Failure to bring sufficient medical equipment;
  • Failure to provide trained staff;
  • Medication errors;
  • Diagnostic errors;
  • Improper use of medical equipment;
  • Failure to adhere to evaluation or treatment procedures;
  • Negligent or reckless ambulance driving leading to further injury.

If a paramedic or EMT caused your injury, you may be able to recover compensation through a medical malpractice case. Like all other medical professionals, paramedics and EMTs owe patients a duty to act prudently, as a reasonable paramedic or EMT handling the same situation would. When this does not happen and is the direct cause of injury to the patient, the paramedic or EMT can be liable for the patient’s injury.

In New York, the plaintiff’s lawyer in a medical malpractice lawsuit is required to file a written certificate of merit along with the lawsuit. If compliance with the statute of limitation is an issue, the certificate must be filed within 90 days of filing the lawsuit. The certificate must contain one of two things: i) that the attorney has examined the details of the case and has consulted with at least one licensed physician and that the attorney has determined, based on the consultation with the doctor, that there is a reasonable basis for filing a medical malpractice claim; or ii) the attorney is not able to comply with the consultation requirement despite trying three separate times in good faith to have a consultation with three separate doctors.

If you have been injured by EMT negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for your harm. At DeFrancisco & Falgiatano Personal Injury Lawyers, we have extensive experienced in New York medical malpractice law and can identify when paramedics or EMTS have been negligent. We understand that the last thing you may want to deal with after a medical injury is a lawsuit, but you can rest assured that we will try to make the process as seamless as possible for you. To discuss your case in more detail, please call us today at 315-479-9000 or contact us online.

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