Every year, an estimated 100 million people visit the emergency room. These people often have serious or life-threatening injuries and illnesses. They require immediate attention by a staff of medical providers that know how to work effectively under pressure. Given the fast pace environment and the pressure emergency room staff are under, their patients are vulnerable to oversights and mistakes.
Montana personal injury lawyers know the importance of making sure that your medical needs are met, especially in an emergency. Hopefully, if you’re ever rushed to the hospital, the medical staff that cares for you will provide the expertise you need. In the event of errors that lead to further injury or death, personal injury attorneys have access to medical experts to help them evaluate and prosecute your claim.
Types of Emergency Room Errors
Not all emergency room visits have a successful outcome. And not all unsuccessful outcomes are due to emergency room errors. However, given the high stress environment, emergency room errors happen. The following are some of the more common emergency room errors.
- Failure to fully evaluate
- Failure to run the right diagnostic tests
- Failure to consult a specialist
- Lack of appropriate or delayed treatment
- Failure to monitor
- Medication, surgical, and laboratory errors
- Contaminate blood transfusions
- Unsanitary conditions
- Discrimination or refusal to treat
Timely treatment is essential to a successful outcome for the emergency room patient. This treatment must be based on correct diagnosis and monitoring. Even if evaluation and labs are done in a timely manner, if they are not acted upon by a doctor in an expedient manner, the outcome can be devastating.
When the medical specialties involved in a patient’s care make mistakes that cause further injury or death, the cost to the victim and their loved ones is overwhelming. Not only does this incur additional financial costs, it also increases the emotional and mental anguish that comes with suffering or watching a loved one suffer.
When You Need an Attorney
Medical Malpractice Lawyers have handled many emergency room malpractice claims and know the ins and outs necessary to deal with the legal and insurance aspects of your case.
If you believe that you or a loved one did not receive proper care in an emergency room visit in the state of Montana, please contact medical malpractice lawyers today.