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When patients in crisis make the decision to go to the hospital for emergency treatment, it is because they are in acute need of urgent care and they want to make sure they get the best possible professional treatment to prevent further harm. Sometimes, however, the treatment they receive is less than accepted professional standards and causes more harm than good.

In the fast-paced emergency room atmosphere, medical professionals can misdiagnose a patient, administer the wrong medication, mix up patient charts, ignore crucial symptoms, prematurely discharge a patient, or make any one of several other errors. Any of these mistakes can lead to dangerous complications or even death.

If you suspect that medical malpractice has led to a mistake in an emergency room that caused a serious injury, schedule a consultation with a Raleigh emergency room error lawyer to discuss whether legal compensation might be available.

Most Common Preventable Emergency Room Mistakes

The most frequent emergency room errors involve misdiagnosis of a medical condition, including potentially deadly conditions such as a heart attack, stroke, infection, or internal bleeding.

Other common emergency room errors include:

  • Neglect by medical staff
  • Mistakes relating to medication
  • Releasing or delaying treatment due to insurance issues
  • Failure to order necessary tests, or failure to order tests expediently
  • Misinterpreting test results
  • Errors with anesthesia
  • Rushed treatment that does not meet accepted medical professional standards

Why Do These Errors Occur?

An emergency room can be a crowded, noisy, high-pressure environment. Hospitals are aware of this and they frequently advertise that they offer efficient care with short wait times. Accordingly, they are still required to offer a professional level of care and have a duty to ensure the safety of their patients. Some reasons mistakes are made in the emergency room are:

  • Inadequate staff training
  • High patient to staff ratio
  • Pressure to see too many patients within a short time
  • Failure to obtain patient history
  • Lack of adequate equipment or resources
  • Overcrowding
  • Fatigued staff

Talk to a Raleigh Emergency Room Error Lawyer

Because of the fast-paced setting of emergency rooms, the expectations of the standard of care may not be quite as high for doctors and other medical professionals as they would be in a less hectic setting. Nevertheless, the stressful environment does not provide an excuse for sub-standard care.

Patients who have suffered harm due to an emergency room error may be entitled to compensation for medical malpractice if the harm could have been prevented by following a proper course of action.

A court may find that a patient is entitled to monetary compensation to pay for medical bills, lost wages in the past and potential reduced wages in the future, as well as damage payments to compensate for pain and suffering, mental anguish, and any permanent disability resulting from the error.

If you are suffering from a mistake in the emergency room, an experienced Raleigh emergency room error lawyer will be able to review your circumstances and advise you on the best course of action to help ensure a full recovery.