Although emergency rooms are well-known for being hectic, fast-paced environments, you still expect the medical professionals that treat you to maintain the same high level of care you would expect from any hospital. Yet, too often, dangerous and potentially deadly mistakes are made in emergency rooms. Whether due to understaffing or simple carelessness, innocent victims are harmed through no fault of their own.
If you received incorrect medical treatment and your condition became worse, or if you lost a loved one due to an emergency room error, you have the right to pursue a medical malpractice case.
Common Hospital Errors
Some of the more common emergency room errors include:
- Inaccurate diagnosis
- Delaying treatment for longer than necessary or prudent
- Prescribing the wrong medication or giving incorrect dosage instructions
- Incorrect interpretations of test results or X-rays
- Failure to order the right tests
- Failing to notice symptoms or to take symptoms seriously
- Not informing the incoming shift of vital information
Any of these mistakes can have disastrous consequences to the health of the patient. An incorrect diagnosis can lead to incorrect treatment for an illness or injury. Delaying treatment can allow a situation to spiral out of control, while an incorrect prescription can lead to a host of potential problems.
Perhaps most frustrating, medical professionals may not take symptoms or patient explanations seriously, leading to unnecessary pain, suffering, and sometimes death.
Medical care can be incredibly beneficial when applied properly. But when a medical professional makes a mistake, the cost can be deadly. Numerous regulations and standardized procedures are in place to prevent such situations, but the rules must be followed for the safety net to work. When a doctor – due to exhaustion, distraction, or simple negligence – fails to do his or her job correctly, patients are the ones who suffer.
Victims of Hospital Negligence
If you or a loved one are the victim of an emergency room error and you believe you still need medical attention, you should seek qualified medical care as soon as possible. When you have addressed the immediate need for medical care, your next step should be contacting a medical malpractice attorney. The sooner you start on your medical malpractice case, the easier it will be for your lawyer to pursue a successful outcome for your case.
If you have been harmed in an emergency room error, you may still be in considerable pain or discomfort. Even if you are not in pain, you are probably feeling frustrated and angry. At Kaire & Heffernan, LLC, we understand what you are going through. We have helped numerous clients in situations similar to yours, and we can do the same for you. We are ready to put our medical malpractice experience to work for you.
We offer free consultations to potential clients, so you can discuss your situation with us at no cost to you. We have considerable experience helping victims just like you, and we can quickly tell you whether we think you have a case. Please fill out our online contact form or call us at the number provided on our contact page. Our Florida medical malpractice attorneys are here to help.