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Emergency Room Errors

Emergency room errors can result in injury, worsening of an existing medical condition, or death. Nearly half of all medical malpractice related injuries are caused by emergency room errors.

The need for emergency care normally means a sudden and potentially life-threatening health event has occurred. Death or serious illness during or following an emergency room visit does not always indicate emergency room error. Some visits to the emergency room will be unsuccessful, even with good care.

The emergency room setting is a very high stress environment for doctors and other staff, making mistakes more likely to occur, however, that is no excuse for substandard care.

Common Emergency Room Errors Include:

  • Failure to fully evaluate a patient
  • Failure to fully treat a patient
  • Failure to monitor a patient
  • Delayed diagnosis, misdiagnosis, failure to diagnose
  • Laboratory errors
  • Medication errors
  • Surgical errors
  • Contaminated blood transfusions
  • Negligence
  • Delayed treatment
  • Patient dumping

Diagnostic Error

A large portion of injuries and death caused by emergency room errors involve misdiagnosis, delayed diagnoses or failure to diagnose. Diagnostic errors can lead to delayed treatment or failure to treat, allowing conditions to worsen and in some cases create other, more serious, health problems. Medical conditions which are often involved in emergency room diagnostic errors include:

  • Heart attack
  • Stroke
  • Pulmonary embolism
  • Appendicitis
  • Pancreatitis

A misdiagnosis can mean receiving an inappropriate and potentially harmful treatment. Delayed diagnoses can mean losing precious time during which irreversible damage can occur. Failure to diagnose often results in a patient being sent home without treatment, and can easily result in death.

Medication Errors

The damage caused by medication errors can range from no significant harm to death of a patient with a relatively minor original health problem. Medication errors in emergency rooms come in many forms including:

  • Administration of the wrong medication
  • Administration to the wrong patient
  • Incorrect dose
  • Medication inappropriate for condition
  • Medication inappropriate for patient based on medical history
  • Administration of pain medication to patients who are intoxicated
  • Medication errors are often the result of misreading of charts or labels.

Contact Us for a Free Consultation

Call (203) 332-7700 to discuss your case with one of our experienced Bridgeport and Stamford emergency room error lawyers. You can also contact us via e-mail. Se habla español.

We represent clients statewide and handle all of our personal injury and medical malpractice cases on a contingency basis. There are no legal fees to pay unless we win.