Are you a woman in Arizona who has experienced something inappropriate or medically unnecessary during medical transport?
When an emergency requires an ambulance ride, paramedics sometimes must take off a patient’s clothes or touch areas of the body in order to provide proper medical care.
This removal of clothing usually happens with trauma patients who have severe injuries, such as a serious fracture or a gunshot wound. Often patients are unconscious, so they can’t explain where all their injuries are.
Even when clothing needs to be removed, however, paramedics must always preserve a patient’s modesty as best they can. This means paramedics should:
- look only at the injured area or place on the body that a patient is complaining about
- cover the patient quickly with a blanket or sheet after looking, and
- document the removal of clothing in the patient’s medical record
Unfortunately, some paramedics engage in sexual misconduct, taking advantage of patients during their most vulnerable moments. If you feel your clothes were unnecessarily removed or a body part was inappropriately touched during medical transport, contact Hollingsworth Kelly for a free consultation.
Call (520) 882-8080 or email us using this confidential contact form and we will contact you.