Problems of understaffed and overcrowded emergency rooms frequently appear in the media. Doctors, nurses, aids, technicians and other staff struggle to manage a tangled and confusing health care system while treating an endless number of sick or injured people. As a result, it’s not surprising that mistakes regularly occur in many ERs throughout the country.
Common ER mistakes include:
- Improper or incorrect amounts of medication administered (including anesthesia).
- Incorrectly collected or interpreted lab work.
- Surgical errors.
- Infection caused by unclean work environment or failure to follow procedures.
- Failure to prescribe the right medication or prescribing the wrong amount.
- Incorrect diagnosis.
- Negligence by hospital staff or EMT/paramedic personnel.
If a doctor, nurse, or other staff member fails to appropriately triage a patient, heart attacks, appendicitis ruptures, strokes, or aneurysms can occur – often with catastrophic implications to the patient and the patient’s loved ones.
If these errors occur, doctors and hospitals can be held liable, and the injured party may be able to recover money to compensate them for past and future earnings, medical expenses, and pain and suffering. If you feel that your or a loved one has been further injured because of a visit to the ER, please contact an experienced medical malpractice attorney.