Do I have a case against medic in ambulance who told me that I had a heart attack when in fact I haven’t?

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Do I have a case against medic in ambulance who told me that I had a heart attack when in fact I haven’t?

I had a small health scare while driving. Seems that it was early signs of vertigo/dizziness that I was

unaware of. Stopped at a small urgent care practice when this happened and to be sure they took me by ambulance to the hospital. While on the way to the hospital, the medic in the back hooked me up to an EKG and told me that I have had a heart attack 26 year old father of 4. Physically active yet overweight. I had a million tests run at the hospital and since then and have been told by numerous doctors I have not had a heart attack and my heart seems to be in good shape. Mentally, I cannot get over that guy telling me that I’ve had a heart attack, I used to think anxiety/stress was for crazy people but since that day I’ve been dealing with serious anxiety/panic attacks on a daily or at least weekly basis. I’m not sure I’m willing to file anything against someone that dedicates their life to

helping others but I also would like to know if there is something there, as it has seriously messed with my life since that day.

Asked on April 24, 2018 under Malpractice Law, New York


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

No, there is no legal cause of action against the medic. While you can sue for physical injury caused through negligence or carelessness, you can only recover compensation for (i.e. sue)  for stress, anxiety, or mental/emotional distress is 1) there was accompanying physical injury, or 2) the other person was not merely wrong or careless, but deliberately tried to inflict mental suffering on you, which does not appear to be the case from what you write.

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