Emergency Room Error Attorneys
An emergency room is a challenging work environment. There is a decline in their number and growth in the number of people needing them. They are crowded — and crowded with people who need urgent medical attention.
We don’t expect miracles from the doctors, nurses and other well-meaning professionals there. But when basic, egregious mistakes are made, someone has to answer for them.
Standard Of Care
Medical professionals are expected to handle a condition in a similar way, or as well as the average professional would under similar circumstances. When a doctor’s performance falls significantly and clearly below this, they have committed malpractice. There are also legal regulations applicable in certain situations, and medical personnel must comply or they may be found liable for the resulting harm.
Triage is the process of quickly determining which patients need to be seen first, to treat their condition, their pain and even save their lives. This is the first decision made at an emergency room. Misdiagnosis may occur here. Heart attacks are sometimes diagnosed as indigestion. Life-threatening and preventable heart attacks should be treated immediately, but many patients are merely sent home.
Misdiagnosis And Failure To Diagnose
When in doubt about a condition, there is usually another test to clarify it. A patient should be referred to a specialist if the ER doctor cannot properly diagnose his or her condition. Tens of thousands of people die each year due to medical mistakes.
Emergency room errors and misdiagnosis can involve:
- Brain injury
- Breast Cancer
- Lung Cancer
- Cervical Cancer
- Ovarian Cancer
- Testicular Cancer
- Pulmonary Embolism
- Bacterial Meningitis
Attorneys at Davis & Davis are relentless advocates for people who have been harmed by emergency room errors. For over 40 years, the lawyers have served injured people with compassion and skill.
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