The emergency room (ER) is an especially unpredictable section of a hospital in which doctors, nurses and other ER staff must respond immediately to a variety of serious situations. The nature of emergency rooms – high volume of clients, broad range of injuries and issues, critical nature of ailments, etc – makes them probable settings for medical errors. However, the fact that the environment is fast paced does not excuse hastily made diagnosis or treatment decisions, which may result in harm to a patient.
Common emergency room errors often result from improper diagnosis of a condition and/or improper or inadequate treatment of condition. This is especially prevalent with serious issues such as
- Heart attack
- Potential spinal cord injury
- Other grave or life-threatening injury or disease
People who go to the emergency room are often dealing with an unfamiliar, serious or urgent issue, and they deserve quality care and the time and attention necessary to properly assess the ailment. No matter how stressed a doctor may be or how disproportionate the healthcare provider to patient ratio may be, ER staff must uphold the standard of the healthcare industry and provide the best possible care for patients. When a healthcare provider’s care is negligent and results in harm or death to patient, it is considered medical malpractice, and the negligent member of the ER staff may be held responsible through a medical malpractice suit.
If you or a family member are the victim of an emergency room error, please contact our office and speak with a member of the firm. The applicable statute of limitations is likely already running, so timing can be critically important to your case. Contact us today for a free, no obligation, confidential legal consultation.
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