Liability for Injuries Caused by First Responders
A person may be seriously injured in a car accident and require emergency help from a paramedic or EMT. However, these medical professionals might make mistakes that cause an individual to require additional medical aid. The Good Samaritan Act may prevent the injured parties from filing a civil lawsuit against first responders in Florida. It is important to note, however, that there are exceptions to this prohibition.
If you have sustained an injury because of a medical professional’s errors, you may be entitled to pursue compensation for these injuries. To learn more about whether your claim is allowed under the Good Samaritan Act, contact Jacksonville injury lawyer Donald Guthrie, P.A., by calling 904-296-1088.
Exceptions to Florida’s Good Samaritan Act
While Florida law generally prohibits liability lawsuits against a first responder, there are some important exceptions and guidelines for this law. These rules mean that a person may not be guarded from such actions under the following circumstances:
- The injury was caused by unreasonable treatment decisions
- The individual providing assistance was not licensed to do so
- The injured person objected to the medical help
- The injury occurred after the patient was adequately stabilized
- The injury occurred once the patient reached the emergency room
- The injury occurred separately from the original emergency
If a person is injured under these conditions, they may be able to sue for financial compensation for their medical bills, any wages they lost while recovering, and other damages associated with the incident.
If a negligent first responder caused your injuries, we may be able to help you to file legal action. For additional information regarding your legal options, contact Jacksonville personal injury attorney Donald Guthrie, P.A., at 904-296-1088 today.