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Emergency Room Errors: Common Causes and Legal Solutions

Emergency Room Errors: Common Causes and Legal Solutions


Visiting an emergency room often comes with the expectation of quick and effective treatment. However, errors occur within these high-pressure settings due to the pace and inherent challenges of working in one.

Because there are so many misconceptions about what medical malpractice is (or is not), we want to take a closer look at some things the typical patient may encounter in an emergency room. Additionally, we will discuss what legal actions you can take to receive compensation for them. 

Medical Malpractice in Emergency Rooms

Misdiagnosis is a frequent error in emergency rooms. This happens when medical professionals misdiagnose a patient’s condition, leading to incorrect or delayed treatment. For instance, a heart attack might be misinterpreted as something minor, like heartburn or a more minor heart condition.

Medication errors are also common. They include administering incorrect medication or the wrong dosage. In the busy environment of an emergency room, communication breakdowns among staff are common. Such lapses can lead to vital information being missed or misinterpreted, directly impacting the type of care a patient receives.

Inappropriate treatment is another issue. This results from a misdiagnosis or insufficient knowledge of a patient’s medical history. Sometimes, patients may not undergo essential tests or procedures, worsening their condition. Discharge errors happen when patients are sent home without adequate instructions or follow-up plans, potentially leading to further health issues or hospital readmissions.

How To Get Compensation 

If you or someone you know has been harmed due to an error in the emergency room, there are legal avenues to consider. It’s crucial to note that not every medical error equates to malpractice. For a claim to be valid, it must be shown that the mistake stemmed from negligence and that this negligence led to harm.

The first step involves collecting medical records and other relevant evidence. This helps to establish the specifics of what transpired during the ER visit. You are highly encouraged to consult a legal professional experienced in medical malpractice. They can evaluate your situation and assist you through the legal proceedings.

Such cases often aim to secure compensation for the harm caused. This could cover additional medical expenses, lost income due to an inability to work, and compensation for pain and suffering. The legal action victims pursue may even result in procedural hospital changes to prevent future errors potentially.

Acting swiftly is vital, as there are state-specific time limits for filing medical malpractice claims, known as statutes of limitations. Take these timelines seriously because failing to follow them can mean losing the opportunity to file a claim.

Silberstein, Awad & Miklos 

Errors in emergency room settings can have significant and lasting effects. If you believe you or a family member has suffered due to such a mistake, consulting with legal professionals can be crucial in addressing the consequences of ER errors.

If you seek more information or want to discuss a potential medical malpractice case, consider scheduling a free consultation. Silberstein, Awad & Miklos, P.C. is here to help you navigate your legal options and support you through the process. Reach out to us at 1-877-ASK4SAM or visit our website for further assistance.