A paramedic accident claim is likely to be made if a paramedic suffers an injury because of an accident that was not their fault. This type of personal injury claim could result from the negligence of the employer, therefore, putting the employee well within their rights to file for compensation. There are various ways in which the injury may occur and following are a few examples of existing paramedic accident claims.
A paramedic is expected to be first on the scene of an accident in order to provide emergency treatment to the victim and the pressures and duties involved in this highly skilled job are considerable. One part of the job involves lifting patients into the ambulance, or onto the back of a stretcher. One case tells of a 53-year-old paramedic who had to lift a patient into the back of the ambulance using a carry chair. The tail lift that is normally found on modern ambulances was not installed on the ambulance in question, meaning the paramedic had to awkwardly lift the patient, causing considerable strain to the worker. The strain aggravated an existing back injury, an injury that was incidentally also caused by lifting a patient. The back and shoulder injuries sustained by the lifting of the patient meant that the paramedic had to take a considerable amount of time off work and the worker received personal injury compensation as a result of his injuries.
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To find out if you have a viable claim for compensation it is advisable to contact Accident Advice Helpline in order to help clarify the situation in which you may find yourself. Our expert lawyers offer specialist representation and are able to assess every aspect of the accident in order to recover the maximum amount possible from the compensation claim.
Another case of a paramedic accident claim involves the paramedic attending the scene of a victim of a drug overdose. The paramedic received a needle-stick injury, meaning that a drugs needle had perforated his skin. This was a very distressing ordeal for the worker, who had to undergo many tests in order to ascertain whether he had contracted hepatitis and HIV. The paramedic was successful in his claim for compensation and funds were awarded for his ordeal.
The dangers of working as a paramedic mean that the workers are constantly put into a dangerous situation where they may have to lift an unconscious or seriously injured person. There are even cases where ambulance workers have been assaulted by drunken revellers. Accident Advice Helpline runs a 24-hour helpline that will put callers in contact with our friendly and helpful staff. We also offer free expert legal advice to anybody who wishes to find out the finer details of their own personal injury claim and the overall claim process. Further details, including a short form that can tell a person how much they will be entitled to should they file a claim, can be found on Accident Advice Helpline website.
Date Published: May 19, 2014
Author: David Brown