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Emergency Room Negligence and Accidents

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When a person ends up in the emergency room, it’s typically because something unexpected – and often, something horrible – has happened. People rely on trained ER doctors, nurses and other staff to assess and treat their conditions and injuries quickly, reliably and competently.  But unfortunately, emergency rooms are often overcrowded and understaffed chaotic places that can be hotbeds for medical negligence which can lead to errors and accidents. If you believe you’ve suffered from the result of an ER accident or negligence, our experienced emergency room accident lawyers can help you get the compensation for the hardships and financial and medical costs you and your family have endured.

The most common emergency room errors:

  • Delay in performing testing and treatment
  • Failure to perform a thorough physical examination
  • Failure to take an adequate medical history
  • Failure to collect information and perform tests to rule out possible life-threatening conditions
  • Reaching a rushed conclusion about a patient, without carefully considering other dangerous medical conditions which could be present
  • Failure to consider life-threatening causes of the patient’s condition
  • Delayed diagnosis, misdiagnosis, or failure to diagnose
  • Failure to consult specialists in a timely manner
  • Laboratory errors
  • Medication errors
  • Failure to properly monitor a patient in the ER
  • Failure to fully treat a patient
  • Contaminated blood transfusions
  • Surgical errors
  • Patient dumping

One type of emergency room negligence occurs when a patient is not admitted to the ER. Some emergency rooms have the unethical and illegal practice of discriminating against patients who they think will be unable to pay for treatment, and turn them away. This immoral, unethical and illegal practice is referred to as “patient dumping” and it is also a form of medical malpractice.

For those who are admitted to the emergency room, excessive wait times and administrative red tape can cause problematic delays in a patient being seen. Sometimes during that wait, a patient’s condition deteriorates and the window for proper treatment is missed. Overworked doctors and nurses juggling too many patients in an understaffed hospital sometimes hurry through their patient assessments. When they fail to properly monitor a patient, fail to order the proper tests, or miss other important details, it can have devastating consequences for the patient.

Common types of emergency room malpractice injuries:

  • Infections
  • Second, more harmful occurrence of a misdiagnosed medical event, such as a stroke or heart attack
  • Paralysis
  • Extended recovery time
  • Severe pain
  • Medication adverse reactions or overdose
  • Loss of limbs or organs
  • Brain injury
  • Permanent disability
  • Death

Help for Victims of Emergency Room Malpractice

The cost of a medical malpractice injury can be overwhelming. Medical bills can add up very quickly and time away from work can add to the hardship. Some injuries can be so serious that they may change your life forever. Fortunately you have the right to hire the ER injury lawyer of your choice and file a legal claim to demand compensation when your injury is the result of medical negligence.

If you are a victim of emergency room malpractice, you may be able to recover compensation for:

  • Medical expenses
  • Medications and medical devices
  • Therapy and rehabilitation
  • Nursing care
  • Disability
  • Lost wages and reduced earning capacity
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress
  • Loss of enjoyment of life

Free Consultation with an experienced Emergency Room Malpractice Lawyer

If you believe that you or someone you love has been the victim of emergency room medical malpractice, we can evaluate your claim at no charge and help you explore your recovery options. Call our Brooklyn office at 718-509-6816 or contact us online today to meet with a skilled medical malpractice attorney. We serve the communities of Brooklyn, The Bronx, Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island, New York and New Jersey.

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