Emergency room errors occur when a person goes to an emergency room and rather than receiving appropriate treatment the patient instead becomes the victim of emergency room malpractice or doctor malpractice and leaves the hospital with additional and more complicated medical problems. The acceptable standard of care in an emergency room setting includes the responsibility to identify the medical condition and/or problem and then to take the appropriate corrective action.
Some of the common emergency room errors are:
- Failure to properly diagnose a serious medical condition
- Failure to treat a serious medical condition
- Untimely diagnosis of a serious medical condition
- Untimely treatment of a serious medical condition, such as stoke, embolism, blood clot or heart attack
- Failure to obtain informed consent for a medical procedure
- Miscoding or misinterpretation of a diagnostic test such as an x-ray, CT scan or MRI
The critical issue in many personal injury cases is just how a “reasonable person” would be expected to act in the situation that caused the injury. A person is negligent when he or she fails to act like a “reasonable person”. Whether a given person has met the “reasonable person standard” is often a matter that is decided by a jury after the presentation of evidence and argument at trial.
Don’t let a hospital or doctor tell you these things happen in the course of medical care and cannot be prevented. Some of these actions most certainly can be avoided, and The Chiozza Law Firm will let you know it their actions were within the normal standard of care. Due to the complexity of medical malpractice claims and the knowledge needed to tackle these issues it is important to call an attorney at The Chiozza Law Firm for a free confidential case evaluation. While many individuals will try to do their own research on the internet following such a possibly horrific breach of your standard of care, a phone call to the Chiozza Law Firm is all that is needed to determine your legal rights and options. In Tennessee that Statute of Limitations for a Plaintiff is extremely short and you could lose your right to a claim if your concerns are not immediately addressed. Again, feel free to contact us at 901-526-9494 or scroll to the contact section to receive immediate attention.