Author Archives: Tony Dalton

Don’t Forget Mechanism of Injury

Mistakes are going to happen in the field.  But just because one of your crews might have made a mistake or been involved in an accident does not mean that you have no defense if a patient later claims that … Continue reading

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If You Drop the Ball, Don’t Bill the Call

If a grieving family, whose loved one died after an ambulance arrived late to a call, receives a bill from the EMS service a few weeks later, is that going to make the family more or less likely to pursue … Continue reading

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Make Sure You Can Find Your Way Without GPS

A chronic asthmatic boy in Worcestershire, England died of heart failure after it took an ambulance 24 minutes to arrive in response to an emergency call for a severe asthma attack at the boy’s home.  The EMS service’s response time target … Continue reading

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Protect Patients’ Personal Information–Not Just Medical

Of course, all EMS professionals are aware of their obligation to maintain the confidentiality of their patients’ medical information.  But a Tennessee EMS service recently learned that problems can arise with personal information contained in billing records. The Sumner County … Continue reading

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Regulatory Fines Can Hurt!$!

The Antioch (Illinois) Rescue Squad learned the hard way that regulatory violations can hurt.  The service was recently fined $5,000 each for three regulatory violations, for a total of $15,000.  Two of the violations involved improper access to prescription drugs … Continue reading

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Tennessee Court of Appeals Holds EMS Has No Duty to Call for Closer Response Outside Its Jurisdiction

The Tennessee Court of Appeals recently held that Nashville-Davidson Metro EMS (“Metro”) had no legal duty to call for a much closer ambulance in Robertson County to respond to an MVA just inside the Davidson County line, even though the … Continue reading

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A Wonderful Time in Prescott, Arizona

I spoke at the summer meeting of the Arizona Ambulance Association meeting in Prescott, Arizona earlier this week.  My presentation related to emerging issues in EMS automobile litigation.  If you’re interested in getting a copy of the PowerPoint, please contact … Continue reading

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Kentucky Ambulance Accident Results in Lawsuit

I will be speaking at the Arizona Ambulance Association Summer Conference this week about emerging issues in EMS automobile litigation.  No matter how much an EMS service trains its employees, no matter how good your program is, whether it’s based … Continue reading

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South Carolina EMS Negligence Case Yields $150,000 Settlement

A South Carolina man recently settled his malpractice claim against the Beaufort County EMS for $150,000.  Beaufort County EMS personnel responded to an emergency call after the man was beaten near Hilton Head in 2008. The plaintiff alleged that the … Continue reading

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35-Minute Response to Heart Attack Call Leads to Lawsuit

The family of a 59-year-old man who died of a heart attack has sued the Toronto EMS and the City of Toronto, as well as several individual paramedics and dispatchers. The suit papers seek damages in excess of $10 million … Continue reading

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