Emergency rooms are the busiest, most fast-paced work environment in the healthcare field. Unfortunately, emergency rooms are the site for thousands of emergency room errors every year, which can result in unnecessary patient harm and even death on the part of negligent or careless medical professionals. More than 225,000 people die from medical malpractice-related incidents each year and almost half of those are the result of emergency room errors.
Why do emergency room errors occur?
Emergency room errors occur so frequently for many reasons. Poorly trained medical professionals including doctors and nurses, understaffed hospital facilities , and poorly equipped emergency rooms may lead to serious, often fatal emergency room errors. Resources are often stretched thin in emergency rooms. Health professionals may be fatigued from overwork or fail to provide the personal attention patients need due to the high-pressure environment of an emergency facility.
Despite these challenges, we have the right to expect medical professionals to treat us with the highest quality standard of care. When the vital steps in treating a patient are not taken or mistakes are made, emergency room errors may occur causing serious, permanent, and sometimes fatal injuries.
Emergency room errors can occur if a patient is not given the adequate care and treatment during their admission. Several types of errors most commonly occur in emergency rooms including:
• Misdiagnosis of serious conditions such as strokes, hearth attacks, or infections
• Failure to diagnose serious illnesses and injuries
• Delayed diagnosis of serious illnesses and injuries
• Misreading medical test results
• Medication errors
• Prescription errors
• Omissions errors
• Birth injuries
• Patient dumping, which occurs if a critically unstable patient is discharged or transferred for financial reasons
If you or a loved one has suffered serious harm or death due to emergency room errors, you don't have to suffer alone. You have the legal right to pursue a medical malpractice lawsuit to seek compensation for your losses including pain and suffering, medical costs, and more. Please note that all medical malpractice claims are subject to a statute of limitations, which limits the time a victim may have to file a claim. It is important to seek the early advice of a competent and caring medical malpractice attorney who can evaluate your case and inform you of your legal rights .
Please contact us today to speak with a qualified and experienced medical malpractice attorney who can protect your rights and ensure you get the compensation you deserve.
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