When a victim calls 911, he/she is reporting an emergency situation. He/she expects the situation or condition reported to be taken seriously. Otherwise, why call 911, right? Well, this doesn’t happen very often, but in this 2008 North Carolina case, the victim called 911, he was given a quick once over, told to drink more water and then left to fend for himself. Tragically, shortly after the paramedics left his home, he died.
The young lad was only 17-years old and had just returned home from football practice; he was stricken with debilitating stomach cramps. His 911 call resulted in the dispatcher sending a paramedic and a fourth year med student to his location. As the story goes, they examined him, told him to drink fluids, then left. While the official results of the autopsy have not yet been released, the teenager’s parents filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the paramedic, the country government and county emergency services. His parents consider the actions of the paramedic and medical student to be a serious and negligent mistake.
The county’s own internal investigation found that the paramedic (who was suspended, then resigned) violated county protocol in failing to:
* Take the teenager’s vital signs while he was both sitting and standing.
* Take his temperature.
* Transport him for hyperthermia treatment.
* Tell him how soon to see a doctor.
* Contact his parents.
* Seek a doctor’s opinion.
* Completely document his examination.
These internal investigation findings provided the framework for the family’s wrongful death lawsuit. It’s likely the case will make its way through the courts by late 2010 or early 2011. No parent should ever have to bury his/her child. It is not the natural order of things. Aside from coping with a tragic loss, the grieving family must find a way to pay for the extraordinary expenses related to his death as well as meeting their ordinary expenses during a time of significant grief. Income loss resulting from bereavement can also make finances difficult.
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