Ambulance and Paramedic Negligence Claims

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Ambulance and Paramedic Negligence
LLB (Hons) Nimish Patel
Legally reviewed by: LLB (Hons) Nimish Patel

Most causes of ambulance and paramedic negligence claims relate to the failure of care prior to the patient arriving at the hospital. This window of time can be vital for determining the outcome of the patient, therefore negligence at this stage can be fatal.

Treatments can often be delayed due to slow ambulance response times. Therefore, the NHS must ensure that the ambulance service is properly equipped to provide adequate care and staff are properly trained for emergency situations.

If you have experienced ambulance and paramedic negligence that has left you suffering, our team of expert medical negligence solicitors can guide you throughout your claim, to get you the compensation you deserve.

Types of Ambulance Service Claims and Paramedic Negligence Claims

Ambulance and paramedic negligence claims are always worth making. By making a claim, you are ensuring the standards of the NHS are improved and highlighting the areas that need improvement, potentially helping stop someone in the future from experiencing the same negligence.

If a paramedic or an ambulance technician fails to provide adequate care for you, they are failing their duty with potentially life-threatening consequences. Therefore, the law is in place to protect patients from experiencing medical negligence.

Types of ambulance and paramedic negligence claims include, but are not limited to:

  • Ambulance delays and slow response times to an emergency
  • Ambulances not responding to emergency calls
  • A failure to equip an ambulance with the necessary equipment
  • Delay in providing treatment or a referral to a hospital
  • Delay in diagnosis of a medical condition
  • Excessive force or dropping patients
  • Nerve or spinal injuries from negligence or being dropped
  • Mistakes when administering treatment or medication. For example, overdoses, or administering medicine the patient is allergic to
  • A failure to refer a brain injury or stroke patient to a hospital within NHS targets
  • Misdiagnosis of a medical condition where a more serious condition is overlooked.

If you are unsure whether what you experienced was medical negligence, our solicitors can assess your case and inform you of the next steps to take. As there is a finite amount of time to make a claim, it’s important you speak to our team as soon as possible to avoid missing the chance to obtain justice.

How to Start a Claim with AWH

To start your claim, we will assess if you can claim no-win, no-fee compensation. No matter how insignificant you may believe the medical negligence to be, any negligence at all is unacceptable and our team will help you get the compensation you deserve. Our solicitors may ask you some questions such as:

  • Did you first find out you have suffered because of medical negligence in the past 3 years?
  • Are you currently suffering due to this negligence?
  • Do you believe the medical professional could have acted in a way that would have prevented your injury or pain?

Our team of medical negligence solicitors understand the ordeal you have been through and want to help you get back on your feet as soon as you feel possible. Therefore, we can help you receive the compensation on a no-win, no-fee basis so that you need to get your life back on track.

Our solicitors will also discuss any other options that are available regarding your case.

How Much Compensation For An Ambulance and Paramedic Negligence Claim?

The amount of compensation you will receive for your case depends on several different factors that your solicitor will talk you through.

Compensation for ambulance and paramedic negligence claims not only should reflect the pain and suffering you have experienced but also:

  • Allow for victims to obtain justice for mistreatment and negligence.
  • Provide the families of the victim with an explanation of the incident and an apology and an acknowledgement.
  • Reveal to the NHS any failings in care such as ambulance times, paramedic standards of care and protocols.

The compensation pay-out will depend on several different factors such as:

  • The pain and suffering the victim experienced or is experiencing.
  • The impact the negligence has on the victim’s quality of life. This includes current and future care requirements, medical aids, home adaptations or other necessary assistance.
  • Any financial losses that occurred because of the negligence. This includes past loss of earnings, any medical expenses, travel expenses and equipment costs.
  • Any potential future financial losses. This includes loss of pensions and loss of promotion prospects.

No Win No Fee Specialist Medical Negligence Solicitors

Our solicitors handle every case on a no win no fee agreement, with compassion and sensitivity, working hard to get to know everything about what happened to you to present the best case possible on your behalf.

Before we get started with your claim we will provide you with a free assessment of your case, so you know exactly what making a claim will entail for you. Your well-being and recovery are our number one priority, and we want to help in the best way possible.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I make an ambulance or paramedic compensation claim?

If you have suffered at all due to the negligence of the ambulances or paramedics, you may be eligible to receive compensation. Any injuries you have suffered may have also caused you a financial loss or difficulties, which you have a legal right to compensation for.

An ambulance or paramedic compensation claim is also about seeking justice and helping to make the services aware of their negligence, so it won’t happen to anyone else in the future.

Our solicitors will help you get the justice you deserve, supporting you through each step of the process.

Do I need to go to court for my ambulance negligence claim or paramedic negligence claim?

Most ambulance and paramedic negligence claims are settled out of the courts. However, a small percentage of cases do end up proceeding to a court trial.

In the case that your trial goes to court, our expert medical negligence solicitors will guide you through each step of the process.

How long does it take to get compensation?

The time scale for a settlement depends on the individual case. However, most cases are settled in 2 to 3 years.

Factors that may change how long it takes to receive compensation are:

- If your injuries impact your health and quality of life. More serious injuries can require a longer period of recovery. Therefore, we will need to be able to assess the full injury which might not always be clear from the start.

- When the negligence took place.

- If the defendant admits liability early on, the process will be concluded faster.

How much compensation will I get?

Your compensation for ambulance and paramedic negligence depends on your case. The amount of compensation you are awarded will depend on the extent of your suffering and consider any financial losses you have suffered because of this.

Our medical negligence solicitors will guide you through the different compensation levels available to you based on your specific case.

Is there a time limit for making an ambulance or paramedic negligence claim?

Victims of ambulance and paramedic negligence have 3 years from the date of the injury to make a claim. However, in some situations, you may have longer than 3 years. This is when:

-The claim is for a child. In this instance, you have 3 years from their 18th birthday to make a claim.

-You are claiming on behalf of someone who lacks mental capacity. In this instance, we recommend getting in contact with AWH Solicitors and our medical negligence solicitors will be able to assist.

- A claim is made on behalf of someone who has died. In this instance, generally, you will have 3 years to make a claim from the death of the victim.

Due to the 3-year limit for most cases, we recommend getting in contact with your solicitors as soon as possible, to avoid missing out on making a claim.  

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