Common claims of emergency room error include the failure to properly diagnosis diseases or medical conditions, the failure to order tests, and the failure to check on a patient after discharge. Other mistakes include improperly discharging a patient, misreading x-rays or misinterpreting test results, and making surgical errors.
Unfortunately, some of the most common injuries requiring emergency attention are also the most commonly misdiagnosed. These include:
- Heart disease, including acute myocardial infarction (heart attack) or other cardiac condition
- Ruptured spleen
- Compound or open fractures
- Brain Injury
- Spinal Injury
- Internal hemorrhaging or bleeding
While emergency room doctors treat numerous patients under stressful conditions, that does not diminish their responsibility to make sure that each and every patient receives proper and competent medical care. If a doctor fails to provide proper emergency care, he or she is liable for the resulting injury or wrongful death.
If you or a loved one has been the victim of emergency room medical malpractice, you may be entitled to damages that include medical expenses, lost wages and other compensation.