According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), over 136 million Americans visit emergency rooms each year, seeking treatment for a variety of medical conditions, including trauma, burns, infections, diseases, and other acute health problems.
Emergency room doctors and nurses must be quick on their feet. In many cases, they have just minutes to save a patient’s life. A single mistake or a moment’s lapse in concentration can be fatal. The ER is a bit like a war zone, with a steady stream of critical and unpredictable developments. It’s an environment with a narrow margin of error.
Unlike other physicians and health care workers, ER personnel don’t often have the luxury of time. In many cases, delay can mean death. Because the health professionals who work in emergency medicine must labor under such extreme conditions, they are held to a specific and different standard of care compared to their counterparts in other areas of medicine. On the other hand, ER doctors, nurses, and staff are responsible for maintaining the standard of care applicable to their field. When they fail to do so, they must be held accountable for any injuries and deaths that result.
The emergency room error attorneys at LawMD have dedicated their lives to helping the victims of emergency room errors get justice and compensation for their injuries. If you or someone you love suffered injuries or complications after visiting an emergency room or being sent home from the ER, you may have grounds for a medical malpractice claim.
The High Cost of Emergency Room Errors
No one visits an emergency room because they’re feeling great. When people go to the ER, they are usually experiencing a serious health crisis. They are at their most vulnerable. Depending on the severity of their condition, they may not be able to speak for themselves.
As a patient in the emergency room, you depend on doctors to help you through what is usually a frightening and emotional experience. At LawMD, we hear numerous stories from patients regarding lack of adequate care and substandard care in the ER.
We handle a variety of emergency room error cases, including those involving:
- Refusal to admit a patient to the hospital
- Failure to diagnose and misdiagnosis in the ER
- Medication mistakes and drug interactions
- Incorrect blood typing
- Failure to monitor
- Premature patient discharge from the ER
- Misinterpretation of diagnostic tests, X-rays, lab results, and blood work
- Failure to review a patient’s health and family health history
- Intubation errors and failure to intubate
- Surgical mistakes
- Improper use of life-saving equipment and other medical devices
- Delay in treatment
When a patient’s life is on the line, doctors have a legal, medical, and ethical duty to administer the highest quality care possible in the current situation. When they neglect a patient or otherwise fail to deliver the proper level of care, they are responsible for any injuries that result.
Unfortunately, hospitals and physicians are often under pressure to treat patients as quickly and cheaply as possible. Understaffing and a lack of resources can lead doctors and hospitals to discharge patients too quickly. In some cases, hospitals and physicians neglect to provide adequate care to patients who lack health insurance.
At LawMD, we work closely with our clients and their families to determine all responsible parties in an ER malpractice case. Because many of our lawyers are also doctors, we have additional in-house insight into medical malpractice cases. We use every investigative technique available to ensure we get to the bottom of each case.
Don’t Wait to Speak to a Medical Malpractice Lawyer
Like any lawsuit, medical malpractice cases are subject to a statute of limitations, which means plaintiffs (or individuals who have suffered damages) have a specific amount of time in which to file a claim. If you believe you were injured due to an emergency room error, it is critical to speak to a lawyer as soon as possible. If you delay too long, your case could be barred, leaving you without access to the compensation you deserve.
Were you injured by an ER doctor’s mistake? If you believe you have suffered an injury due to an ER doctor’s error or you have lost a loved one because an ER doctor failed to deliver the proper standard of care, you may be entitled to compensation.
Call (888) 695-2963 to speak to an experienced Washington, D.C. emergency room error attorney about your case.