Emergency room medical malpractice occurs when a member of the emergency room staff including front desk employees, surgeons, physicians, EMTs and paramedics, are negligent in their medical and professional responsibility to their patients. In medical malpractice lawsuits, negligence is defined as a physician failing to provide patients with a standard of care consistent with other professionals in their field.
Emergency rooms are often understaffed with overworked employees having to treat crowded waiting rooms. The combination of these factors often leads to mistakes being made, which can result in serious injury or wrongful death.
Emergency room errors that can lead to misdiagnosis, delayed diagnosis or premature discharge include:
According to reports, the most common emergency room error is misdiagnosis (30% of all emergency room related malpractice lawsuits are filed for this reason). The second most common is failure to diagnose, which accounted for 20% of emergency room related malpractice lawsuits.
Emergency room errors can result in catastrophic injuries, including:
If you or a loved one has been the victim of emergency room medical malpractice, it is essential that you preserve all medical records related to the incident. Additionally, you need to consult with an experienced, emergency room malpractice attorney who can guide you through the process and fight for your full financial compensation.
At The Cochran Firm, we have offices throughout the United States and the resources to successfully litigate emergency room malpractice cases wherever they may occur. Please contact the experienced medical malpractice attorneys at The Cochran Firm nationwide to schedule your confidential consultation today.
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