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Emergency rooms are the busiest, most hectic work environment in the healthcare arena. Unfortunately, emergency rooms are the location for thousands of medical errors every year, which can result in unnecessary patient injuries and even death on the part of negligent or careless medical professionals. More than 225,000 people die from medical malpractice related incidents each year and near half of those happen in emergency rooms all over the United States.

What is the cause of emergency room errors?

orlando ER error lawyersEmergency room errors occur so often for many reasons. Poorly educated medical professionals including doctors, nurses and other medical staff, and poorly equipped emergency rooms may lead to major, often fatal emergency room errors. Resources are sometimes stretched too thin in emergency rooms. Healthcare professionals may be tired from overwork and long shift times or fail to provide the private attention patients need due to the high stress environment of an emergency facility.

Regardless of these challenges, we have the right to expect medical professionals to treat us with the highest quality of care. When the essential steps in treating a patient are not done or mistakes are made, emergency room errors may occur, causing serious, often permanent, and sometimes fatal injuries.

Most common emergency room errors

Emergency room errors can occur if a patient is not treated with adequate care and attention during their admission. Some of the most common types of errors that occur in emergency rooms include:
  • Misdiagnosis of serious conditions such as strokes, hearth attacks, or infections
  • Failure to diagnose illnesses and injuries
  • Delayed diagnosis of illnesses and injuries
  • Misreading medical test results
  • Medication errors
  • Prescription errors
  • Omissions errors
  • Birth injuries
  • Negligence
  • Patient dumping, which occurs if a critically unstable patient is discharged or transferred for financial reasons.

Have you suffered harm due to an emergency room error?

If you or a loved one has suffered serious harm or death due to emergency room errors, you don't have to suffer alone. You have the legal right to pursue a medical malpractice lawsuit to seek compensation for your losses including pain and suffering, medical costs, and more. Please note that all medical malpractice claims are subject to a statute of limitations, which limits the time a victim may have to file a claim. It is important to seek the early advice of a lawyer who can evaluate your case and inform you of your legal rights .

Please contact us today to speak with a qualified and experienced Orlando medical malpractice lawyer who can protect your rights and ensure you get the compensation you deserve.