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Navigating Non-Emergency Medical Transport Cases: Your Rights and Recourse

Navigating Non-Emergency Medical Transport Cases: Your Rights and Recourse

Have you been injured through someone else’s negligence while being transported on a non-emergency medical transport (NEMT) van? If so, we want to make sure you know your rights and are represented by a quality attorney familiar with this unique type of personal injury case. 

Non-emergency medical transport is a large industry providing transportation to individuals for non-urgent medical appointments, rehabilitation, or routine medical visits. These services cater to individuals who may have mobility issues, medical conditions, or disabilities that make conventional transportation methods impractical.

Special rules apply to making sure the NEMT operator keeps the individuals being transported safe. When injuries happen, it’s important to speak with a competent attorney as soon as possible. 

First, it’s critical to understand that special regulations apply to Georgia’s NEMT vehicles. The Georgia Department of Community Health promulgates regulations and program requirements applicable to all non-emergency transport vehicle operators. These regulations relate to driver conduct, proper securement, vehicle requirements, and more. Any failure to comply with these regulations can be potentially used as evidence that the NEMT operator was negligent and caused the injuries sustained by the NEMT passenger.

Second, it’s important to be on the lookout for many common issues in NEMT cases, such as:

  • Improper Securing: Special rules dictate exactly how the NEMT passenger must be secured before the NEMT operator can begin driving; 
  • Improper loading of the passenger: Failing to properly load the passenger in the NEMT vehicle can result in serious injuries; and 
  • Driver Negligence: Reckless driving, distracted driving, or inadequate training of NEMT drivers can result in accidents and injuries.

We want you to know that passengers on NEMT vehicles have at least the following rights:

  • Right to Safety: You have the right to expect safe transportation during NEMT services, with proper care, supervision, and securement.
  • Right to Compensation: If negligence or injuries occur during NEMT, you have the right to seek compensation for medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages, and other damages.
  • Right to Legal Representation: You can consult a personal injury attorney who specializes in NEMT cases to understand your legal options and pursue justice.

If you or a loved one has suffered injuries or negligence during NEMT services, it’s essential to seek legal recourse. Contact a dedicated personal injury attorney with experience in NEMT cases to help you navigate the complexities of the legal process and pursue justice for your injuries and losses. Call or text Flack Injury Law at 678-653-0309 for a free consultation!