Emergency Room Errors & Malpractice Cases: FAQs (Pt. 1)
November 6, 2014
Emergency rooms can be frenzied, chaotic places, especially when there are multiple people who need involved medical care as soon as possible. Although we want to be able to rely on the medical professionals who work in emergency rooms to provide us with superior care and treatment when we (or the people we love) need emergency medical treatment, the tragic facts are that:
Emergency room staff are not always as experienced, professional and/or attentive as they maybe should be.
- Such factors can significantly increase the risk that emergency room errors will occur.
- These mistakes can lead to serious patient injuries, with the worst incidences of emergency room malpractice resulting in life-threatening complications.
In this three-part blog series, we will answer some commonly asked questions about emergency room errors, medical malpractice and injured people’s options. Although the responses provided below (and in the upcoming parts of this blog series) are general, people can easily more specific info about their situation by contacting the trusted Portland malpractice attorneys at the Savage Law Firm. We have decades of experience successfully resolving medical malpractice cases, and we are ready to fight for your rights to compensation.
Q – How do I know if emergency room errors caused my injuries?
A – The best way to find out if you may have been hurt by emergency room errors is to consult with an experienced malpractice lawyer who can review the details of your situation.
That being stated, however, the following may be some indications that emergency room errors may have contributed to your injuries and health complications:
- Your symptoms don’t seem to match the diagnosis provided by ER medical professionals.
- Your condition has gotten worse despite undergoing the prescribed treatments.
- Medical professionals in the ER (particularly physicians) spent very little time with you.
Q – How does malpractice contribute to emergency room errors?
A – In various ways. In fact, the following are some of the most common ways that the mistakes of medical professionals can lead to emergency room errors and serious patient injuries:
- Misdiagnosing or a failure to diagnose a condition when there is sufficient evidence (lab tests, noticeable symptoms, etc.) to indicate the true existing health problem
- Administering the wrong types or amounts of medication to patients (based on the conditions they have, as well as their medical histories)
- Failing to provide prompt, appropriate treatments
- Failing to notice and properly respond to indications of life-threatening health issues.
Such common emergency room errors can be made by any of the medical professionals who work in ER (and related hospital) settings, including (but not limited to):
- ER doctors and surgeons
In fact, even the mistakes that administrative staff can make in ERs can lead to serious emergency room errors (such as, for instance, in the case when the wrong conditions or symptoms have been listed for patients, patients get mixed up, etc.).
We will continue responding to common questions about emergency room errors and malpractice cases in a few additional parts of this blog series that will be published soon. We encourage you to check them out!
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