Emergency Room Errors
A patient entering the emergency room (ER) for critical care should be provided with the proper treatment as soon as possible, as even minor mistakes or delays could put the patient’s life in greater danger. Emergency room patients deserve an efficient, effective response from the doctors and nurses providing care in order to give them the highest possible chance of surviving. Unfortunately, however, ER medical teams can make devastating errors such as delaying a patient’s treatment or mistaking a person’s diagnosis, potentially costing the individual his or her life.
Consequences of Emergency Room Mistakes
People visit the emergency room because they need immediate medical care, as their condition could significantly worsen in a matter of hours, if not minutes. Thoughtless errors in these situations could lead to the following problems:
- Excessive blood loss, possibly leading to shock
- Development of serious infections such as sepsis or meningitis
- Loss of consciousness, possibly leading to a coma
- Worsening of illness-related conditions
- Loss of the ability to reverse the damage, such as reattach a severed digit
Despite the hectic nature of the emergency room, it is still medical professionals’ responsibility to avoid carelessness in the emergency room. If they commit an error that worsens a patient’s health, they may be held accountable for their negligent actions.
If you or someone you love hasn’t been provided with appropriate care in an emergency room, you may have the legal option to pursue compensation from the irresponsible medical professionals responsible for the ER errors. For a free consultation regarding your options for filing a medical malpractice lawsuit, contact an attorney from Stepleton Dugan, LLC, today by calling 513-321-7733.