Emergency rooms tend to be very chaotic which requires attending nurses and physicians to quickly adapt to constantly changing situations. Emergency room doctors and staff are often provided a certain amount of leeway when it comes to medical malpractice claims because of the chaotic nature of the emergency room. Emergency room medical professionals are held to a standard of reasonable care. However, it can be more difficult to prove causality in emergency room error claims.
Unfortunately, medical malpractice is not uncommon. According to certain studies, it is the third-leading cause of death in the United States accounting for approximately 250,000 fatalities every year. Emergency room errors often occur due to the hectic nature of these environments. Sadly, the consequences are often very serious and can even be fatal.
EXAMPLES OF COMMON EMERGENCY ROOM ERRORS
Certain studies have shown that emergency room errors are not all that different from medical mistakes that occur in inpatient wards. Most often, these types of mistakes boil down to a lack of training, experience, and/or knowledge.
Some of the most common types of emergency room errors include:
- Problems with information processing
- Failure to diagnose, misdiagnosis, and delayed diagnosis
- Inadequate information gathering
- Failure to verify patient information
- Administering the wrong medication or the wrong dosage
- Delayed treatment/failure to treat
- Miscommunication amongst emergency room staff
- Problems with paperwork and lab testing/results
- Improper testing
It is not uncommon for a patient to return to the hospital and be admitted after first visiting an emergency room. When this occurs, it is possible that the emergency room staff made a mistake that caused the patient to not receive a proper level of care during his or her first visit.
HOW MELLINO LAW CAN HELP
If you believe you were the victim of medical negligence, our Cleveland emergency room error attorneys can help you understand your options and take legal action against the liable parties. These types of medical malpractice claims can be very complex, making it critical that you contact an experienced lawyer. Our goal is to not only help you recover the maximum compensation you are owed but also to hold negligent parties accountable.