Every year, millions of Americans put their lives in the hands of emergency room doctors and staff. However, half of all medical malpractice cases occur in emergency rooms. Patients do not have a choice when they come to the emergency room. Because their lives are in jeopardy, they do not have the ability to look for alternatives and assess the quality of care they are being offered.
At Harvey L. Walner & Associates, Ltd., our Chicago medical malpractice attorneys believe in providing the personal attention that our clients need not just to get settlements and win cases, but to put their lives back together after a tragic incident like emergency room malpractice.
Emergency rooms are high-stress environments that are often too crowded and understaffed. The doctors and nurses must respond quickly to life-and-death situations. They must care for patients they have never treated before, under the pressure of the urgent need for timely treatment.
Emergency Room Mistakes
Trauma centers are obligated to make emergency rooms as efficient and safe as possible. They seek to minimize the chance of errors by implementing and enforcing strict policies, along with the proper screening and training of their staff.
However, errors do occur. Some of the more common emergency room mistakes include :
- Failure to fully evaluate a patient
- Contaminated blood transfusions
- Failure to diagnose or a delayed diagnosis
- Lab errors
- Failure to properly monitor a patient
- Failure to fully treat a patient or delayed treatment
- Inappropriate medications or improper doses
- Errors during surgery & Acirc;
- Medical negligence
The Result of Negligence or Wrongdoing
Sadly, emergency room mistakes are often the result of hospital negligence or wrongdoing. This can mean anything from failure to properly screen doctors and support staff to improper record keeping. Other examples of negligence in emergency rooms include:
- Failure to maintain an sufficient number of doctors and support staff for every shift
- Insufficient training
- Unsanitary conditions
- Inadequate patient tracking procedures
- Medication errors
- Unethical policies (such as discrimination)
- Inadequate facilities
More Common than the Media Portrays
When the essential steps of treating an emergency room patient are circumvented, an emergency error is likely to occur. Errors in the hospital emergency rooms are a common occurrence, but are rarely publicized because they are kept quiet from the media. Ill-equipped emergency rooms may result in fatal errors while patients are waiting for or undergoing necessary emergency treatment. Some estimates say that each year, more than 225,000 patients die from injuries related to medical malpractice. Almost half of those deaths are the result of emergency room errors.
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