Emergency rooms tend to be very chaotic and attending nurses and physicians must be able to quickly adapt to constantly changing situations. Because of this, emergency room doctors and staff are often provided a certain amount of leeway when it comes to medical malpractice claims. This does not mean that these medical professionals are not held to a standard of reasonable care but, rather, that it can be more difficult to prove causality in emergency room error claims.
Unfortunately, medical malpractice is not uncommon. According to certain studies, it is the third-leading cause of death in the United States, accounting for approximately 250,000 fatalities every year. Emergency room errors often occur due to the hectic nature of these environments. Sadly, the consequences are often very serious and can even be fatal.
If you or a loved one suffered serious injuries or a worsened condition after visiting an emergency room, contact The Mellino Law Firm at (440) 276-3535 for a free consultation.
Examples of Common Emergency Room Errors
Certain studies have shown that emergency room errors are not all that different from medical mistakes that occur in inpatient wards. Most often, these types of mistakes boil down to a lack of training, experience, and/or knowledge.
Some of the most common types of emergency room errors include:
- Problems with information processing
- Failure to diagnose, misdiagnosis, and delayed diagnosis
- Inadequate information gathering
- Failure to verify patient information
- Administering the wrong medication or the wrong dosage
- Delayed treatment/failure to treat
- Miscommunication amongst emergency room staff
- Problems with paperwork and lab testing/results
- Improper testing
It is not uncommon for a patient to return to the hospital and be admitted after first visiting an emergency room. When this occurs, it is possible that the emergency room staff made a mistake that caused the patient to not receive a proper level of care during his or her first visit.
If you believe you were the victim of medical negligence, our Cleveland emergency room error attorneys can help you understand your options and take legal action against the liable parties. These types of medical malpractice claims can be very complex, making it critical that you contact an experienced lawyer.
Who Is Liable for Your Damages?
As in all medical malpractice claims, there may be a number of responsible parties in a claim involving emergency room errors. The liable party will depend on the unique circumstances involved. For example, if a hospital fails to conduct background checks on its emergency room doctors, the facility itself may be partially liable if you are injured after being treated by one of these doctors.
Depending on the unique factors involved in your case, any of the following parties might be liable for your pain, suffering, and other damages:
- The hospital or medical facility where you received care
- The emergency room doctor who treated you
- Any attending nurses or medical staff on duty at the time of your visit
- The individuals responsible for handling your paperwork
In some cases, multiple parties may be at fault. Our firm can help you determine who is liable for your injuries, condition, and losses. We work with medical experts and specialists in order to prove that the standard of reasonable care was breached and that this negligence caused you serious harm.
How The Mellino Law Firm Can Help
For more than 30 years, we have been helping individuals and families who suffered as a result of medical malpractice. We strive to provide each and every one of our clients with compassionate, personalized attention and one-on-one legal guidance. Because we are a small firm, we only accept a select number of cases, which allows us to focus more fully on every client. Our goal is to not only help you recover the maximum compensation you are owed but also to hold negligent parties accountable. We have offices in Cleveland and Rocky River and can come to you if you are unable to make it to us.
Call us at (440) 276-3535 or contact us online for a complimentary case evaluation with one of our emergency room error lawyers in Cleveland.