Emergency Room Error
The Law Offices of L. Clayton Burgess, a Lafayette law firm, has experienced lawyers ready to help you. In the flurry of emergency room activity, healthcare workers must make quick decisions and act to save lives. But this hectic environment often leads to errors that cause additional injury to patients. The law recognizes the unique nature of emergency treatment and typically holds emergency medical workers to a different standard than patients might expect from a traditional healthcare worker. But when their failure to meet that standard causes needless injuries, victims have the right to hold them accountable.
A study of recently closed medical emergency department malpractice claims revealed some significant statistics regarding emergency room errors. Although no error could be identified in 18 percent of the claims, the National Institutes of Health reported that more than half of the claims related to one of two types of errors:
- Diagnostic errors (37 percent) can cause additional injury when patients do not receive timely treatment — or when they receive the wrong treatment or medication, which can introduce new medical issues.
- Improper performance of procedures (17 percent) can cause damage to bones or internal organs, infections or a host of other concerns while not appropriately treating the original complaint.
Naturally, emergency room personnel often must race the clock to stabilize critically ill or injured patients before turning them over for traditional medical care and treatment. While the law does not expect them to save all patients, they must still observe a basic standard of care. When their treatment falls below that standard, patients or their families may have the right to pursue a medical malpractice claim.
If you have been the victim of an emergency room error to treat, call Clay now! Our medical malpractice attorneys can provide an initial consultation FREE of charge to you regardless of whether you retain our services.