If you have been in an emergency room for your own or a loved one’s injury, you know that it can be a chaotic place. Emergency room doctors must be able to handle any type of injury or illness and quickly switch from one patient to another.
Because of the challenges of emergency rooms, ER physicians may have more breathing space when it comes to medical mistakes because they don’t usually have the luxury of time to make treatment decisions. But they can still be held responsible for any harm that may result from low-quality care.
What Are Emergency Room Errors?
Some common ER errors include:
· Failure to take an adequate medical history
· Failure to perform a complete physical exam
· Failure to perform tests for possible life-threatening conditions
· Diagnosis delay
· Failure to diagnose
· Delayed testing or treatment
· Failure to consult specialists
· Patient dumping
· Failure to adequately monitor the patient
· Lab errors
· Incorrect medications or improper dosing
· Surgical errors
These mistakes can lead to ER malpractice injuries. A few of the most common include cardiac death or damage from an undiagnosed heart attack; loss of or damage to limbs or organs because of misdiagnosis; infection.
Legal Options after Emergency Room Malpractice
Some negative outcomes from an emergency room visit are unnecessary and preventable. If you or a family member has experienced additional injury which you feel may have been due to emergency room malpractice, you may be eligible to make a claim against the facility and/or doctors.
To show that medical malpractice occurred for errors that happened in an emergency room, the patient must prove that:
· A doctor-patient relationship existed,
· The treatment received in the ER involved negligence, and
· The patient experienced harm because of negligence.
You may be entitled to compensation for:
· Medical expenses current and future
· Loss of wages
· Long-term disability
· Pain and suffering
· Burial expenses
Please contact us for a free evaluation. We can answer your questions and determine if you have a medical malpractice case.
Let Us Know If You Have Experienced Additional Harm in an Emergency Room
If you or a family member has been harmed by a defective product, car accident, truck accident, construction accident, slip and fall or any other type of personal injury, please contact StolzenbergCortelli, LLC Attorneys at Law immediately. Please call us for a free consultation at our locations in New York County, Rockland County, and Westchester County. Attorneys Howard Stolzenberg and Terrence James Cortelli, personal injury attorneys in White Plains, Nyack and New York City, will fight to secure justice for you and your family. You can reach us at 800-494-0889 or contact us via the website.