When travelling in an ambulance (either as a passenger, a driver, or paramedic), you expect to be safe, even though you are in a potentially high-risk environment. Therefore, it’s worth considering the following ambulance injury advice in order to stay safe in an ambulance – a vehicle that is often carrying vulnerable people while travelling at high speeds through busy and dangerous traffic. Pedestrians and other drivers could also be at risk of ambulance injury. If you do suffer an injury related to an ambulance that is not your fault, and it could have been prevented, you may want to consider making a claim for compensation using the services of a reputable law firm like Accident Advice Helpline.
Everyone travelling in an ambulance is ultimately in the hands of the driver. Though other vehicles on the road know to get out of the way of a speeding ambulance with sirens wailing, the driver’s skill and judgement is essential in getting the ambulance safely from point A to point B in the quickest time possible. A crash or collision is unlikely, but it is always a possibility – and this could result in serious injury for all concerned. If you are a patient receiving emergency treatment in an ambulance, the misjudgement of a paramedic could cause your condition to worsen gravely. Similarly, if a skilled paramedic fails to recognise which treatment is urgently required, by the time you arrive at the hospital your condition could be far worse than it should be. Patients and other ambulance passengers are also obliged to be cooperative with paramedics and drivers. If they are aggressive, violent or hysterical, they could easily cause an accident or injury in a high-pressure environment.
What you should do
As a patient, you should always cooperate with ambulance drivers and paramedics and follow their advice. Although if you are conscious and alert, you should also give them as much information as they need to do their job. Don’t be afraid to politely and calmly question their actions if you don’t feel they are giving you the correct treatment. Ambulance attendants are highly trained and regulated in terms of their dealings with the public, and know the extent to which they are required to put themselves at risk. Whether you are an ambulance driver, a paramedic, a patient or a member of the public, if you have been injured by an ambulance or while travelling in an ambulance through no fault of your own, you may be entitled to compensation.
Making a Claim
The expert lawyers at Accident Advice Helpline have years of experience in pursuing compensation claims of all kinds, but evidence is the cornerstone of any case. You will need to prove that another party is responsible for your injury through witness statements, medical reports and so on. Call our free 24 hour helpline to talk to one of our friendly, trained advisors, or visit our website to use the 30-second online claim calculator and find out how much you could be entitled to.
Date Published: November 2, 2014
Author: David Brown