Emergency rooms have increasingly been used a point of primary care among many Americans. The influx of visitors means long wait times, mismanagement of patients, stressed or highly fatigued staff, low staff, shortage of hospital beds, rushing patients from one department to another, not spending enough time with patients to sufficiently obtain medical history, and failure to follow standard procedure. Each one of these may be the reason for an increase in emergency room errors that didn't have to happen; they were preventable. The most common emergency room errors involve misdiagnosis or a failure to treat the patient’s condition. Other types of ER errors due to misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose include:
- Heart Attack / Acute Coronary Syndrome (ACS)
- Fever from Infection, including Sepsis and Meningitis
- Internal Injuries to Blood Vessels or Organs
- Missed Fractures or other Injuries
- Brain and Spinal Cord Injury
If you or a loved one has sustained injuries in an emergency room that you believe were due to the negligence of a physician or hospital staff, we'll be happy to schedule a free case evaluation with a medical malpractice attorney to review your case, or call us toll-free at 800-377-9077.