During the holiday season, there tends to be an increase in drunk driving related injuries, weather-related accidents, and an overall rise in emergency room patients.
Emergency rooms have the unenviable task of treating multiple patients, all alleging the need for immediate, expert medical treatment. We hear complaints from doctors because many individuals seeking treatment at an emergency room don’t necessarily suffer from an injury or illness that requires immediate treatment. This leads to an over-worked, understaffed emergency room, where mistakes can be made during the treatment of those with dire health issues.
In many instances time is of the essence, where an immediate and correct diagnosis can mean the difference in life or death, or preventing further damage due to an injury or condition. Without question, everyone makes mistakes, with doctors, nurses and emergency medical providers being no different.
What Are Examples of Emergency Room Malpractice?
As we have written about in the past, emergency room malpractice cases are on the rise due to a number of different issues and circumstances. Some of the most common problems are:
- Medication errors
- Delayed or Misdiagnoses
- Delay in treatment
- Poor communication between staff and doctors
- Medical charting errors or mistakes
- Failure to properly treat heart attack or stroke patients
- Mistakes in reading X-rays or EKGs
- Failure to administer additional tests before discharging a patient
- Premature discharge of a patient
- Improper use of medical equipment or devices
Mistakes are an unfortunate part of life, but mistakes involving emergency room care can be deadly.
Emergency Room Malpractice And The Law
CNN published an article about a young child in Sacramento who suffered additional amputations due to an alleged delayed diagnosis of a minor patient suffering from a septic infection. The family alleges that, because of an extended five-hour wait in the Sacramento emergency room, the child’s condition and infection drastically changed, necessitating amputations that would not have been required had treatment been provided sooner.
The Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act "EMTALA," is a law passed in 1986 that ensures the public a right to emergency medical services, regardless of one’s ability to pay. Hospitals are required to render stabilizing treatment to those in need before discharge, and if such treatment cannot be provided he/or she must be transferred to an appropriate facility for treatment.
Emergency Room Malpractice Lawyers in Memphis, TN
If you or a loved one has been affected by emergency room malpractice, contact the experienced malpractice attorneys at The Chiozza Law Firm for a confidential case evaluation. Feel free to visit our verdicts and settlements page for a few examples of our success rate when representing malpractice victims. You may call 901-526-9494 with any questions or after hours please email Brian Chiozza, firstname.lastname@example.org, for further information.
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