Emergency Room Errors
Posted on behalf of Gordon & Partners on Feb 19, 2013 in Medical Malpractice
When an individual becomes severely injured or needs immediate medical attention, they often will go to the emergency room to seek treatment for those injuries. Due to the high level of medical care that is widely available throughout South Florida, we expect our physicians to do everything in their power to ensure our health and safety, while not focusing on the potential of a medical negligence incident occurring.
However, no doctor is perfect and when mistakes take place in the emergency room, the consequences can be life changing for not only the injury victim, but also for their families, loved ones and other dependents.
At the law offices of Gordon & Partners, we strongly believe that the responsible parties should be held accountable and responsible for their actions and can help injury victims obtain financial compensation for their injuries along with the peace of mind that is often associated with justice being served.
If you or a loved one suffered losses from emergency room errors, call us today at 1 (855) 722-2552 or simply complete the "Free Case Evaluation" form to the right to begin exploring your legal options.
Types of Emergency Room Errors
Emergency rooms are usually chaotic. As a general rule of thumb, an emergency room physician has one of the most challenging and stressful positions in the medical field. Still, an emergency room doctor who commits an error caused by negligence can still be held accountable for damages by filing a medical malpractice lawsuit.
The most common types of emergency room errors include the following.
- Breaching the standard level of care most other reasonable doctors would have provided under similar circumstances. The standard level of care in an emergency situation may not be as high as the level of care in a lower-stress environment. In most cases, proving this type of liability requires expert testimony, so it is crucial to consult with a lawyer who is well-versed in Florida medical malpractice.
- Misdiagnosis, delayed diagnosis or the misreading of medical tests. Emergency rooms are fast-paced environments. A wrong initial assessment could not only lead to delayed diagnosis and treatment, it could also result in the patient’s condition worsening.
- Medication or prescription errors. A majority of emergency room errors are a result of either a patient being given the wrong medication or the wrong dosage of a prescription. These types of errors can be caused by general negligence or through inadequate medication administration procedures.
- Patient dumping. Patient dumping is a very unethical practice that often results in fatality. If a patient comes into the emergency room and is unable to prove their ability to pay for treatment, some facilities may refuse to treat them. Others may only provide partial or inadequate treatment or delay in treating the patient until it is too late. If a patient is too incoherent to provide insurance or other financial information or are not accompanied by anyone who can provide information for them, an emergency room may dump them.
Contact an Experienced ER Negligence Attorney
A trip to the emergency room is rarely a choice. Patients are not able to research and evaluate emergency room physicians and staff and cannot make an informed decision on who they want to treat them. Regardless, emergency room treatment can be the most crucial medical attention a patient ever receives.
For this reason, emergency room errors are especially traumatizing. If you or a loved one experienced an emergency room error, you may be able to file a medical malpractice lawsuit to recover damages.
If you would like more information on the legal rights which may be available to victims of emergency room errors and their families or to schedule a confidential, no-obligation consultation with one of our medical malpractice attorneys , complete the Free Case Evaluation form on this page.