Death in the Ambulance: Is It EMT Negligence?


Your spouse, child, or parent is involved in a serious traffic accident or suffers a medical emergency at home. Your loved one is placed on a stretcher and transported by ambulance to a hospital. On the way to the hospital, he or she dies or dies shortly after arriving at the hospital. If something the emergency medical technician (EMT) did or failed to do caused the death, contact a wrongful death lawyer in Northridge, CA.

EMT’s Standard of Care

EMTs are the first to arrive at an auto crash or a medical emergency. Many lives are saved because of the heroics of EMTs, but sometimes EMTs make mistakes, and those mistakes can be deadly.

An EMT has a duty to provide the quality of care that a trained EMT would provide under similar circumstances. If an EMT fails to meet that duty, and your loved one dies, contact a medical malpractice lawyer. The lawyer will investigate the case, read the medical records, and consult with medical experts to determine what was required of the EMT and whether the EMT met that standard.

EMT Negligence

Here are some examples of how an EMT’s conduct in the ambulance may fall below the standard of medical care required:

An EMT may administer the wrong medication. The EMT must check to see if the patient has an allergy or a pre-existing condition that precludes giving certain medications.

An EMT may misdiagnosis a patient’s condition.

An EMT may fail to check the patient’s air passage.

An EMT may misuse medical equipment.

An ambulance may crash before arriving at the hospital, and the patient may suffer fatal injuries in the crash or not arrive at the hospital in time to receive critical care.

Wrongful Death Action

If your spouse or child would have had a right to bring a lawsuit had he or she lived, you can bring a wrongful death action. If the EMT worked for a private employer, you can sue the employer. If the EMT worked for the government, you can file a claim against the government.

You can recover damages such as medical expenses, funeral expenses, the decedent’s lost wages, the loss of anticipated support from the decedent, and compensation for your loss of love, community, and support from the decedent. Call a wrongful death lawyer for a free evaluation of your case.

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