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Medical Transport Injury Lawsuits

When dealing with a debilitating injury, patients cannot simply hop in their own car or call an Uber to get to their medical appointments. Instead, they often rely on medical transport vans and ambulettes. Others who often rely on medical transport services are the elderly, people living with certain disabilities, and people who are wheelchair-bound.

Just like with any other form of transportation, though, medical transport vans can and do get into serious traffic collisions, which are exacerbated when there is a patient onboard. Medical transport accidents can happen when the van is transporting the patient from their home, nursing home, or assisted living facility to a rehabilitation clinic, hospital, or doctor’s appointment. Essentially, when someone on the road is being negligent, a bad crash can happen, resulting in further or new injuries to the patient.

Types of Medical Transport Accidents

A medical transport accident can involve a collision with another vehicle, either caused by the negligence of the other driver or the driver of the medical van or ambulette. In other cases, a medical transport patient can be injured due to the unsafe handling and care of the transport company’s employee.

Examples of medical transport accidents include:

  • Medical transport van being in a crash with another vehicle.
  • Passenger is dropped when being loaded or unloaded from the van.
  • Wheelchair lift malfunctions, resulting in the passenger’s injury.
  • Medical van driver or attendant does not properly restrain the passenger before driving, causing the passenger to be thrown around inside the van during sharp turns or abrupt stops.

The type of medical transport accident will dictate what party can be held liable for the injured passenger’s damages, such as medical costs and those associated with their pain and suffering. If you were hurt in a medical transport accident, then you could be suing another driver, the medical transport company, or both.

What is a Common Carrier?

In California, a medical transport van or ambulette is considered a “common carrier,” which is a company that transports goods or passengers. Due to their designation as a common carrier, medical transport vans and companies owe a higher duty of care to their passengers than the average motorist. This increased duty of care benefits a plaintiff who is suing for a medical transport injury because the evidential burden to prove the company was unreasonably negligent will be lower. Certain federal laws and guidelines like those established by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) can also act in the plaintiff’s or claimant’s favor if it is found that the medical transport company violated those rules.

Can You Sue for a Medical Transport Injury?

Determining if you can sue after a medical transport accident and who you should hold liable is difficult if you aren’t familiar with liability law. It is highly advised that you team up with a local injury attorney to understand your options and how to begin your claim.

At McGee, Lerer & Associates, our Long Beach medical transport injury attorneys are standing by to help people in our communities who have been wrongfully injured by someone else’s negligence. If you use a medical transport van or ambulette due to your elderly age, a disability, or a medical condition and you were hurt while a passenger, then we want to know about it. Call us at (562) 270-0546 now and schedule a FREE consultation. There are no fees for our services unless we win your case!

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