Emergency Room Mistakes
If you or someone you know has recently been rushed to the hospital, you have likely seen the inside of an emergency room. Your injuries might necessitate urgent diagnosis and treatment. Unfortunately, emergency rooms are frequently both overcrowded yet understaffed, which makes for a less-than-ideal medical situation. Despite the stress, medical professionals working the emergency department must abide by the duty of ordinary standard of care. That means that an emergency room doctor or nurse must provide you with the same level of diagnosis and treatment that any other doctor or nurse would provide.
Physician Negligence in Emergency Room Errors
In medical malpractice claims focusing on emergency room errors, we must establish the following:
- The physician (or nurse) and you had a physician-patient relationship,
- The physician or nurse had a responsibility to a professional standard of care,
- The physician or nurse breached this ordinary standard of care through either careless action or careless inaction,
- There was an injury to you proximately caused by this breach, and
- You have suffered damages from this injury.
What is a standard of care? A standard of care means that the emergency room medical professional’s actions will be compared to what other emergency room medical professionals would do in that situation. If your medical health provider’s actions deviated from what others would do, this may constitute negligence.
Emergency Room Mistakes and Errors
You might be wondering how some of these mistakes and errors could occur. Besides overcrowding and understaffing plaguing today’s ERs, there’s also the issue of records. If you are unable to speak or do not have someone with you who is familiar with your medical history, that could impact your treatment or lead to a severe reaction.
Common types of emergency room errors include:
- Not recognizing symptoms of heart attack or stroke
- Ignoring or not recognizing obvious signs of physical distress like organ failure
- Prescription errors
- Delayed diagnosis
- Lack of adequate diagnostic testing
- Mis-read X-rays and other diagnostic tests
- Not recognizing a high-priority health concern in triage
- Failure to maintain sanity conditions
The emergency room is a place we go when we have a sudden or drastic health issue that requires immediate attention. When you are treated negligently and it causes you further injury, you may have a medical negligence claim.
How We Can Help
Even though the emergency room is a fast-paced, high-stress environment, that does not mean that medical professionals can provide sub-standard diagnosis or treatment. If your physician or nurse acted negligently, your injury may have resulted in other consequences like deteriorated health, lost wages, steep medical bills, and loss of normal life. These are what we call damages, and if you have a medical malpractice claim you may be entitled to compensation for damages.
If you’re wondering if you have a medical malpractice case, the best thing you should do is contact an experienced medical malpractice attorney. We offer free consultations and would be happy to listen to your situation and help you explore your options. The most important thing is helping you heal and get the recovery you need. Please give us a call if you would like to learn how we can help.