When we have serious medical issues requiring immediate attention, we rely on emergency rooms to treat us and get us the help we need. Unfortunately, ER personnel don’t always provide appropriate care or do their jobs properly. When this happens, they should be held accountable.
Hospitals have a duty to staff emergency rooms with qualified doctors and medical personnel that can handle patient traffic. Regardless of any extenuating circumstances, overcrowding, or under staffing, ER personnel should follow standard health and safety protocols and procedures to ensure that the medical care they provide is both safe and effective. When things go wrong, patients fall victim to:
- Delayed diagnosis or failing to diagnose altogether
- Delayed treatment, or none at all
- Failing to evaluate patient for underlying illness or injuries
- Neglecting to monitor patient
- Laboratory errors
- Surgical mistakes
- Prescription errors
- Incompetent use of medical equipment
- Patient dumping
ER negligence can result in an exacerbated condition and a weakened body, in secondary injuries that become more severe than the initial medical issue, or in improper or ineffective treatment. Those responsible should compensate the injured patient for medical costs, pain and suffering, and lost wages resulting from such carelessness.
If you or someone you love received inappropriate treatment in the emergency room or were turned away from the ER only to then suffer from a medical condition that should have been treated, Sommers Schwartz is there for you. Our seasoned team of attorneys, nurses, and experts will investigate your claim and determine the best course of action to obtaining the best possible outcome.
Contact us today to learn more about how we can help.