NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana. A recent New York Times investigative report found that private equity firms run by Wall Street have been slowly taking over local emergency response services. Many ambulances, fire departments, and paramedics may be run by Wall Street, with tragic consequences. The New York Times found cases where people have lost homes due to fire and cases where individuals didn’t receive a fast enough response from emergency services, resulting in serious injuries.
When private equity firms take over emergency services, their goal is not necessarily to protect the public. Instead, their goal is to make money, cut costs, and increase prices. At the end of the day, individuals who need help when they are most at risk may be seeking help from companies who put their bottom lines over caring for individuals in need.
The New York Times found that when public services are put in the hands of private equity firms, that ambulances and fire trucks take longer to respond. There have already been lawsuits where families claimed that negligence led to their loved one’s death. If emergency personnel fail to deliver on a basic standard of care, families may have the right to seek a medical malpractice, personal injury, or wrongful death lawsuit. If you or a loved one was hurt due to a delay or malpractice on the part of emergency responders, contact the New Orleans medical malpractice lawyers at The Bowling Law Firm today.
In some cases, ambulance services get reduced when companies file for bankruptcy. In other cases, individuals face aggressive billing when companies put money and profit over care. There have been other reports of ambulance drivers and paramedics being so low on supplies that they had to raid and steal from hospitals. In other cases, paramedics reported faulty heart monitors and mechanical problems with the ambulance itself. Records have also indicated that many cities simply do not have enough ambulances to respond to emergencies on time. In other cases, family members and even patients were required to sign documents that would later allow the ambulance company to bill them.
According to EMS World, a medical malpractice lawyer can sue an EMT in some cases for medical malpractice. EMTs are required to have documentation on every patient. However, in emergency situations, this documentation may not always be complete. If a procedure isn’t documented, the assumption is that the procedure was never performed. If you believe your loved one received substandard care, the documentation can often reveal whether or not this was the case. A medical malpractice lawyer can depose the EMT or his or her company to access this information.
If your loved one was hurt, injured, or killed as a result of negligence of medical malpractice on the part of emergency response personnel, it is important to protect your rights. The Bowling Law Firm are medical malpractice lawyers in New Orleans, Louisiana who are committed to helping families seek justice.