Emergency Room Errors
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The chaotic nature of emergency rooms can lead to numerous emergency room errors. When physicians, nurses, surgeons, general hospital employees and/or paramedics are neglectful in their responsibilities to patients and injuries are sustained, emergency room medical malpractice lawsuits may be filed.
Healthcare professionals working in the emergency room are given more flexibility in medical malpractice law than healthcare professionals who have more time to make important, complex decisions regarding the treatment of patients. However, emergency room healthcare professionals can still be held legally liable for injuries if they do not act within the acceptable standards of the medical community.
If you believe you were catastrophically injured, or someone you love was killed as a result of an emergency room error, contact the medical malpractice attorneys at The Carlson Law Firm today to discuss your legal options.
Common Emergency Room Errors
The fast-paced nature and high rate of patient turnover along with under-staffing in the emergency room can create a variety of emergency room errors. Common errors in hospital emergency rooms include:
- Failure to fully evaluate a patient
- Failure to fully treat a patient
- Failure to respond and promptly treat a patient
- Failure to monitor a patient
- Delayed diagnosis
- Failure to diagnose or misdiagnosis
- Failure to call in appropriate medical or surgical consults
- Premature discharge of a patient from the emergency room
- Failure to order appropriate diagnostic tests, like MRIs, X-rays, or blood work
- Failure to review test results in a timely manner
- Failure to monitor patients’ well-being in the waiting room of the emergency room
- Medication errors
- Delayed treatment
These kinds of errors may lead to severe injuries, rapidly worsening a patient’s condition, or they may even be fatal.
Damages in medical malpractice cases often are substantial. Errors can create a need for additional procedures and treatment to correct the exacerbation of a condition. Compensation for future medical care and lost wages as well as pain and suffering may be available to a patient harmed by a careless doctor. If such an error results in the death of a loved one, moreover, the surviving relatives may pursue a wrongful death claim to reimburse them for costs like burial or funeral expenses. They also may seek compensation for losses related to their relationship to the victim, such as loss of consortium damages.
How The Carlson Law Firm Can Help
Our medical malpractice attorneys are well-prepared to handle even the most complex cases involving emergency room negligence. Our firm’s experience in medical malpractice litigation has given us the ability to thoroughly investigate medical-related matters and develop persuasive legal arguments in cases of medical malpractice.
We offer free consultations around the clock. If you or someone you love has been catastrophically injured or even killed, don’t hesitate to contact us immediately. Time is of the essence.
We have offices across the state of Texas, as well as are equipped to handle cases anywhere in the United States.