When there is some sort of medical event that requires a trip to the emergency room, the individual who needs medical help assumes that they will receive a certain standard of care. Unfortunately, emergency rooms are often a place of chaos, with a high number of patients and an often over-worked staff, trying to determine which patients have more urgent issues than others. These components sometimes result in significant emergency room errors that may result in dire consequences for the patient.
Some of the most common types of emergency room errors that fall into the medical malpractice category include the following:
- Diagnosis errors can occur if an issue is overlooked or a symptom is noticed too late
- Failure to order appropriate testing
- Emergency room staffing issues can result in malpractice if there is not enough properly supervised, experienced, and trained staff available
- Medication errors that can include confusing which medication belongs to which patient, administering the wrong medication, or administering medication to intoxicated patients
Some of the conditions that are most frequently misdiagnosed include stroke, appendicitis, brain injury, and heart attacks. Of course, these are all very serious and if not treated appropriately, can result in the serious injury or death of a patient. If you or a loved one has been the victim of medical malpractice in the emergency room, contact our firm today.
The experienced personal injury and medical malpractice attorneys at Trombly & Singer, PLLC are prepared to represent clients facing legal matters after being injured due to another person’s negligence. If you require strong legal representation in Washington D.C. or Maryland, contact our firm today to schedule a consultation.