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Negligent ER Mistakes: What You Can Do About It

by Jared Staver in Medical Malpractice

Incidents of medical misdiagnoses are often higher in ERs than a doctor’s private office. The hospital staff is under tight time constraints since they usually have a waiting room full of patients to see. Therefore, they try to treat and release patients as quickly as possible. These negligent ER mistakes can be devastating since many patients who are there are in need of immediate assistance.

If you have suffered due to negligent ER mistakes, do not hesitate to contact a Chicago medical malpractice lawyer at Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C.. We can help you seek justice for your injuries. Contact us today at (312) 236-2900 for a free case assessment.

Mistakes in Diagnoses

There are several types of negligent ER mistakes, including:

  • Wrong Diagnosis: The ER doctor gives you a diagnosis, but it turns out they have picked the wrong disease. While you are being treated for it, the real disease could progress, possibly causing a permanent injury. While an incorrect diagnosis could be a common mistake since many illnesses display similar side effects, if it resulted due to someone not doing their job properly, it is considered malpractice.
  • Missed Diagnosis: A doctor gives you an exam and decides nothing is wrong with you, despite your symptoms. They may tell you to get some rest or take an over-the-counter pain medication. A missed diagnosis can be dangerous, particularly if you are suffering from a deadly affliction that was overlooked.
  • Delayed Diagnosis: Your diagnosis is correct, but it was given to you after a significant waiting period. During this delay, you didn’t receive treatment, which could cause your symptoms to worsen and possibly cause permanent damage.
  • Mistreatment by Staff: Doctors aren’t the only medical personnel who can display negligent behavior. ER nurses, X-ray technicians, and other staff members may neglect your needs, distribute incorrect medication, or injure you with hospital equipment.

Was Your ER Doctor Negligent?

When trying to prove negligence over an honest mistake, there are four main points you should prove to have a successful case:

  • The doctor treated you. Essentially, this means a doctor-patient relationship was established.
  • The doctor is held to a standard of care. The doctor and medical staff are liable to the standard of care that says they will treat you to the best of their abilities.
  • The doctor was negligent. The doctor did not use reasonable care and competence when diagnosing you.
  • The doctor’s negligence injured you. The doctor’s careless actions were the direct cause of your injuries.

A doctor who misdiagnoses you or who is unable to give a diagnosis right away is not automatically negligent. If, however, this happens because the doctor was not using reasonable care, it is a negligent action.

Did an ER Doctor Misdiagnose You? Call a Chicago Medical Malpractice Lawyer

Even if you know that your doctor’s careless treatment caused your injury, you may not know how to prove it. At Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C., our medical malpractice lawyers can handle the legal side of things so you can focus on your recovery.

We will carefully review your medical problems, charts, and other documentation regarding your health to determine the negligent ER mistakes that were made. We aren’t afraid to go up against large hospitals and their legal teams, because we believe you shouldn’t be held responsible for someone else’s irresponsible actions.

Contact us at (312) 236-2900 today to schedule a free consultation of your case.