Mother Sues Metro Government Over EMS Delay

According to WSMV-TV, a Nashville woman is suing the Metro government after she said that it delayed in assisting her son who shot himself and later died.

The station reported that lawsuit stems from an August 2014 incident in which a 32-year-old man shot himself in his Hermitage apartment. According to the lawsuit, after the incident took place, first responders who encountered the man’s body left the apartment, thinking that he would not survive.

The mother of the victim claims that he was alive and breathing when the paramedics left. She said that after police showed up to the scene of the incident, the medics eventually returned to treat the man. This caused a delay in medical treatment of approximately 90 minutes, according to the lawsuit.

Following the lawsuit filing, the Nashville Fire Department stated that employees responding to the incident acted responsibly and followed protocols. At the time of the incident, Metro had protocols in place saying that if a victim had a zero percent chance for survival, that he or she should not be transported for treatment.

Since the incident took place, Metro has updated its policies to transport “any patient with any signs of life.” According to WSMV, a medic who responded to the scene of the incident did not transport the victim based on instructions from Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Can I File a Lawsuit Against the Government?

This is an unfortunate story, which shows the importance of receiving adequate medical care when you encounter an emergency. If you have suffered injuries due the negligence of a government agency or your loved one has died, it is imperative that you speak to our Nashville attorney as soon as possible about your case.

There are laws in place designed to shield government bodies, agencies and jurisdictions from lawsuits due to state and local tort reform efforts. If you are injured or your loved one is killed, you should know that there might be statutes of limitations relating to your claim and when you can file it, in addition to damage caps, so a delay in seeking legal guidance could be costly.

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