When patients are taken to the emergency room, they expect to be treated with the specialized care they deserve. Medical professionals in the ER are in charge of treatments and diagnoses that can mean the difference between life and death. Unfortunately, these doctors, surgeons, and nurses sometimes make critical mistakes that can result in medical malpractice. This may cause otherwise preventable injury, the deterioration of an existing condition, and even wrongful death.
Our medical malpractice attorneys have seen over the years how ER errors have tragically changed the lives of families.
According to the Journal of the American Medical Association, it’s estimated that errors in the ER account for 50 percent of all medical malpractice injuries. Patients in the emergency room usually need immediate care to save their lives. It’s often a race against the clock, and ER professionals must be highly focused at all times. There is little margin for error, and sometimes mistakes occur in this highly stressful environment. Some of the most common errors in emergency rooms include negligence, medication errors, failure to treat or evaluate a patient, laboratory errors, surgical errors, failure to monitor, and misdiagnosis.
Misdiagnosis, delayed diagnosis, and failure to diagnose are the leading causes of medical malpractice in emergency rooms. Misdiagnosis may lead to patients receiving the wrong treatment, while delayed diagnosis means the correct treatment is not administered in time. When a medical professional fails to diagnose a patient, it means they are not treated at all. When diagnostic errors occur, it can result in conditions worsening and the development of additional health problems. Heart attack, stroke, appendicitis, pancreatitis, and pulmonary embolism are all common emergency room diagnostic errors.
If you or a loved one has been the victim of an emergency room error, please contact the medical malpractice attorneys of Prochaska, Howell & Prochaska LLC. We give each client the specialized care and attention they need for a complete recovery. Our medical malpractice attorneys are honored to serve your case!