Recovering Damages After An Emergency Room Error
At Jacobs & Wallace, PLLC, we represent patients and their loved ones who suffered injuries because of poor or inadequate medical care at an emergency room. From the onset, we investigate what happened by obtaining all medical documentation. We call on medical experts to determine if the medical staff breached their legal duty of care. If we find evidence that the medical staff acted erroneously, we will pursue legal action to recover damages. With over 45 years of combined legal experience, our team of attorneys is well-versed in fighting medical malpractice claims and successfully helping clients recover damages.
Why Emergency Room Errors Happen
Emergency rooms are unique among medical care environments for several reasons. In an emergency room, medical staff must act quickly and make critical decisions when there are medical emergencies. In such a fast-paced environment, medical errors are far from uncommon. However, some medical errors result in a patient’s injury or even death.
Doctors and other staff members are subject to frequent interruptions and sudden changes in the work environment. A 2018 peer-reviewed study published in Diagnosis suggests that medical mistakes in emergency rooms are caused by doctors’ failure to process information accurately. In other words, doctors may have all of the facts about a patient’s condition but do not provide adequate care to the patient. The error isn’t necessarily made due to a lack of knowledge, but also because of failure to be attentive, to document the record properly, and to listen to the patient’s complaints, as well as because of being short staffed. Such mistakes can result in misdiagnosis and leave the patient more injured or ill than when they first arrived at the emergency department.
Our Experienced, Attentive Legal Team Is Here For You
You may be entitled to compensation if you are the victim of medical malpractice. Recovering damages can be crucial to compensate for medical debt or lost wages if the injury has left you unable to work. You may also be entitled to compensation for any pain, any suffering, and any permanency of your injuries. If your loved one passed away due to a medical error, we can pursue a claim for funeral and burial expenses, for their loss of life, of spending time with family, and of their joy, and other types of compensation. An initial case review is the first step. Ask an experienced medical malpractice lawyer to review your case, beginning with a free consultation. Reach out to us by email or call 203-896-4929.