Emergency Room Errors and Mistakes
By Younker Hyde Macfarlane on February 05, 2014
Medical errors of all kinds need to be taken seriously, no matter what they involve or where they occur. Sadly, mistakes by medical professionals are more common than you may expect. This is why our medical malpractice attorneys are here for you. We will fight diligently to ensure that you received proper medical care and attention, and we will hold any and all negligent parties responsible for their actions.
Right now, we want to consider the nature of emergency room mistakes and negligence and why these need to be taken very seriously.
About Medical Malpractice Lawsuits
Briefly, medical malpractice refers to any instances in which a medical professional fails to provide a proper standard of care to a patient. This can apply to physicians, surgeons, nurses, pharmacists, radiologists, and so on.
The Realities of the ER and the Idea of Negligence
An emergency room can be a very hectic and chaotic place, and our lawyers acknowledge this. Physicians in the ER are required to work quickly given the nature of their job, and this is always done without the amount of time that would be given to a general physician. Urgent care needs have to be met quickly so that the ER doctor can assist others who have pressing needs.
Because of the realities of the emergency room, there is a different set of standards that apply to ER doctors when compared to other medical professionals with regard to medical malpractice lawsuits. Even then, these are reasonable standards to keep in mind; while ER doctors are afforded some leeway, they still need to live up to a standard of care.
Assessing Emergency Room Malpractice
In order to determine if emergency room mistakes are an actual instance of malpractice like other hospital errors, the circumstances of the case need to be carefully assessed and evaluated. The main question in these cases seems to be if the ER doctor acted reasonably and provided the best urgent care possible given the nature of his or her duties in that particular situation.
Some Examples of Emergency Room Mistakes
Some examples of emergency room mistakes include:
- Delayed diagnosis
- Surgical mistakes
- Anesthesia errors
- Blood transfusion mistakes
- Patient neglect
How Our Lawyers Will Assist You and Your Loved Ones
As you might have gathered from the above, assessing malpractice in the emergency room is a difficult task. It takes skilled attorneys with years of experience to be able to properly address these issues. Because of this, it's important to speak with our legal team about the circumstances surrounding your case.
Our attorneys will assess the actions of the emergency room staff and determine if they did live up to a standard of care or failed the patient given the nature of the incident. It's important to use that we take this process seriously and deliberately to ensure that justice is served and that your case is a strong one.
Learn More About Medical Malpractice Lawsuits
For more information about medical error lawsuits and what you can do when seeking justice, be sure to contact our Utah medical malpractice attorneys today. Our entire legal team will fight diligently for you and your legal rights each step of the way. We are here for you and will carefully consider all matters related to your case so that you and your loved ones can achieve justice.
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