What to do if I was recently injured in an ATV accident offroading, not MVA?

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What to do if I was recently injured in an ATV accident offroading, not MVA?

I sustained a serious injury- bleeding profusely, with bone clearly visible through my skin at the site of the injury. We called the ambulance dispatcher, and after giving all the pertinent data, the ambulance crew shows up in a half an hour. First off, the crew were both petite females, and both basic EMT’s. If we had not had so many adults at the barbeque, the ambulance crew would not have been able to move me on their own. To cut short a long and painful story, they were not able to provide pain medicine, nor run an IV and it took over an hour and a half to get me to the hospital, after much incompetence and pain and suffering on my part. Do I have any options?

Asked on July 22, 2013 under Malpractice Law, New York

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

If you suffered significant additional medical costs or long-lasting additional injury or disability caused by the EMTs' failure to provide adequate care, you may have a case for malpractice or negligence. However, if  "all" you suffered was ann extra hour-and-a-half or so of pain, inconvenience, etc., then it is not worthwhile suing--the amount of money you could recover for  that hour-and-half would be less (most likely significantly less) than the cost of the lawsuit.


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