Experienced Attorneys Combatting ER Negligence In Miami-Area Hospitals

Although emergency rooms (ERs) are hectic, fast-paced environments, medical professionals are still expected to maintain a high level of care for each patient. Yet, too often, dangerous and potentially deadly mistakes are made in ERs due to understaffing, fatigue or simple carelessness.

If you have suffered serious injuries or incorrect treatment as a result of negligence by a care provider at a hospital, it is important to consult an experienced and knowledgeable injury lawyer. Contact Kaire & Heffernan, PLLC, today to discuss how our attorneys can help you seek the compensation you deserve. By taking action, you may also be prompting changes that spare future patients from suffering similar harm.

How Does Hospital Negligence Occur?

Hospital negligence and ER malpractice claims often stem from:

  • Inadequately staffing
  • Failing to provide proper training to staff members
  • Failing to provide proper staff supervision
  • Neglecting to implement necessary policies and procedures
  • Giving inaccurate diagnoses
  • Delaying treatment for longer than necessary
  • Prescribing the wrong medication or giving incorrect dosages
  • Misinterpreting test results or X-rays
  • Failing to order needed tests or ordering the wrong tests
  • Failing to give staffers on the incoming shift the information they need to continue proper care
  • Failing to take symptoms or patient explanations seriously

Any of these mistakes can have disastrous consequences for the health of the patient. An incorrect diagnosis can lead to incorrect treatment for an illness or injury. Delaying treatment wastes precious time and allows the disease to spiral out of control, while an incorrect prescription can lead to a host of potential problems.

It should go without saying that most health care professionals do everything possible to protect the health and lives of their patients. However, there should be zero tolerance for negligence.

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 their job correctly, patients are the ones who suffer.

Specific Types Of Emergency Room Errors

In spite of advancements, ER errors continue, whether they concern incorrect procedures or misdiagnoses. While emergency departments have a high rate of accuracy, nearly 6% of patients are misdiagnosed, with 2% suffering adverse effects.

Overall, one in 18 ER patients receive incorrect diagnoses. One in 50 experience adverse effects, and one in 350 are left disabled or dying.

ERs are inherently chaotic environments. Many medical professionals thrive in the setting and provide the quality care that patients need. However, the hustle and bustle can create fatigue for anyone who becomes overwhelmed by the setting.

Instead of stepping aside, they push forward, putting their patients at risk. Being overworked can have catastrophic consequences when it comes to maintaining the highest standards of care. In those situations, mistakes are easily made, putting patients at risk.

Proving medical malpractice is easier said than done and requires an attorney skilled in this complex and ever-changing area of practice. Medical records and hospital reports are essential in proving that malpractice occurred. Additional forms of proof include:

  • Clear evidence of a physical injury
  • Incorrect prescriptions
  • Misread diagnostic test results
  • Statements by witnesses
  • What the victim experienced

Suing A Hospital For Damages

Most people believe that suing a major corporation like a hospital not only is futile but will also cause further harm by financially draining the victim. In reality, filing a medical malpractice lawsuit against a large institution is one of the best ways to recover compensation if its staff’s actions have hurt you or a loved one. You should be compensated for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and any other damages you suffered due to hospital negligence.

By holding the responsible parties accountable, your lawsuit can save countless lives and make way for better practices in the future. It is important to note that not all hospitals are liable for medical malpractice. It is critical to hire a skilled medical malpractice lawyer with experience handling these kinds of cases so that they can help determine who is at fault. We have been taking on medical industry giants in the Miami area since 1997. Our attorneys fight for our clients both in and out of the courtroom.

Get In Touch With Us Today

Taking the all-important step to even consider filing a lawsuit is the first step in securing a sense of justice for you or a loved one victimized by medical malpractice. Legal options exist. While nothing can change what happened to you or your family member, justice can occur with the help of a skilled medical malpractice attorney.

If you have been harmed by an ER error or have suffered injuries due to a medical professional’s negligence at a Miami-area hospital, then you need legal representation immediately. At Kaire & Heffernan, PLLC, we offer free initial consultations and take all cases on contingency. That means that you won’t owe any legal bills until and unless our team helps you obtain compensation.

Call us today at 305-376-7860 or contact us online to schedule your free consultation and discuss your case. Se habla español.