Emergency Room Errors: A Form of Medical Malpractice

Posted By Brandon J. Broderick, Attorney at Law

10 Dec. 2015

If you've ever walked into an emergency room, there's a good chance that you were asked to fill out papers and then wait. You may have had to wait hours, with dozens of people in line before you. In other words, your situation may have been treated like anything but an "emergency."

We bring our children to emergency rooms when they have high fevers, when our kids fall and hit their heads, and when we suffer from kidney infections, heart palpitations, shortness of breath, and inexplicable migraines.

Unfortunately, emergency departments are highly demanding, over-crowded, and fast paced. The very type of environment that leads to errors. If you, or someone you love suffered undue harm as a result of a preventable mistake, you are urged to contact our firm to speak with a medical malpractice attorney.

We can evaluate your case and determine if you have grounds for a valid claim. We can also explain who would be liable and, and estimate what type of damages we would seek.

Here are some common types of emergency room errors:

  • Misdiagnoses
  • Medication errors
  • Delaying necessary treatment
  • Failure to order necessary tests
  • Ignoring a patient's complaints
  • Downplaying a patient's symptoms
  • Releasing a patient due to lack of insurance

Out of all of the errors described above, one of the biggest problems in the emergency room setting is misdiagnoses. Some of the conditions most commonly misdiagnosed include: heart attack, infection, stroke, and meningitis.

If an emergency room error led to serious injuries, which incurred damages, you may have grounds to file a medical malpractice claim.

If your loved one died as a result of an emergency room error, you may be able to file a wrongful death claim against the negligent doctor, nurse, surgeon, or hospital who was responsible for the decedent's healthcare. In some situations, more than one party may be deemed liable.

While emergency rooms are notorious for being overcrowded and short-staffed, these are not valid excuses for substandard medical care, especially when patient lives are depending on quality treatment.

To find out if you have a medical malpractice claim, contact Bergen County Medical Malpractice Attorney Brandon J. Broderick!

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