Paramedic negligence and ambulance negligence claims
Negligence may not just occur within the Accident and Emergency department. It can also be a result of ambulance negligence or paramedic negligence before arriving at A&E.
If an ambulance is delayed with a slow response time, or a paramedic fails to administer the correct treatment to a patient, this could cause further complications to arise from an already life-threatening situation.
Grounds for Accident and Emergency claims
When things go wrong in A&E, the staff are judged as to whether their care fell below that of a reasonably competent practitioner. Unfortunately due to the highly complex and challenging nature of A&E departments, errors can occur and give rise to A&E claims.
Causes of additional injuries to patients from A&E negligence:
Because of mistakes made in A&E, patients can often endure additional injuries due to:
- Lack of proper care;
- Undiagnosed issues;
- Delayed treatment;
- Misinterpreting exam or test results;
- Incorrect medication;
- Mistakes in taking the patient’s history;
- Not examining a patient properly;
- Not carrying out the correct investigations;
- Failing to admit and sending a patient home instead.
Diagnosis and treatment errors can lead to all kinds of illnesses and injuries. Many of the illnesses listed below are often missed or misdiagnosed, and can lead to life changing injuries for the patient concerned. Those injuries can include:
- Aortic aneurysms;
- Cauda Equina Syndrome;
- Cardiac arrest;
- Ectopic pregnancies;