The chaos of an emergency room can lead to emergency room errors that cause thousands of injuries and deaths every year. This chaos is sometimes unavoidable but unfortunately is often caused by deliberate staffing decisions made by hospitals.
Emergency rooms are often understaffed, meaning that the doctors and nurses are over-worked and overwhelmed. It is not shocking that 30% of emergency room medical malpractice lawsuits result from misdiagnosis, as employees treat patients like statistics to cycle them in and out as quickly as possible.
Emergency Room Misdiagnosis or failure to diagnosis errors
The most common emergency room error resulting in emergency room medical malpractice is misdiagnosis or failure to diagnosis. Failure to diagnose, which, according to Suing for Medical Malpractice, Sloan et al, 1993, accounted for 20% of ER-related malpractice lawsuits
Other Emergency Room Errors
Misdiagnosis errors aside, common ER-related malpractice lawsuits can stem from:
- EMT and paramedic neglect
- Anesthesia malpractice
- Surgical error
- Delayed diagnosis
- Contaminated blood transfusion
- Injuries Caused by Emergency Room Errors
Common injuries sustained due to the negligence of emergency room employees include:
- Brain aneurysm
- Pulmonary embolism
- Internal bleeding or hemorrhaging
How Emergency Room Errors Occur
Patients in emergency rooms are vulnerable and need urgent medical care. Emergency room errors are not excused by over-worked physicians without enough time to adequately diagnose. Hospitals are entrusted with the health and lives of patients, and they charge large sums to provide medical care.
Since emergency rooms are overcrowded, often a patient is not admitted and given the proper priority their condition necessitates. Consequently, a patient’s condition can deteriorate as they wait to be seen. Other times, test results are not examined in a timely or thorough fashion, which may cause an emergency room to improperly discharge a patient.
Understaffing, poor systems, and inattentive staff are inexcusable.
Our attorneys help people who have been injured by emergency room errors. We offer a free consultation so that you may discuss your concerns with an experienced attorney. Contact us online or call our St. Louis office at 314-862-6865 to schedule your free initial consultation. When you meet with us, ask about:
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