Demanding Accountability When Emergency Treatment Goes Wrong
ERs are not operated on a first-come, first-served basis. They have a system in place called triage by which people entering are evaluated and given higher or lower priority for treatment depending on the severity of their medical problems. Thus, in an ER whose triage system is operated competently, there is no excuse for a person with a life-threatening illness or injury to wait unnecessarily to see a doctor.
The Crandall & Pera Law team understands the workings of ERs and the errors that can cost individuals their lives and families their breadwinners. We are dedicated to defending your right to expect competent medical treatment from those whose responsibility is to provide it. We have obtained just and fair compensation of millions of dollars for past clients who suffered injury at the hands of negligent medical professionals.
A Closer Look At Emergency Room Malpractice
The biggest cause by far of ER malpractice is misdiagnosis, both at the triage station and in the treatment room. But there are other equally serious errors that can be made:
- Delaying treatment. The patient is not admitted for treatment in a timely fashion; or, the patient is admitted, but once in a treatment room fails to be attended.
- Substandard treatment. This includes errors such as failure to set a fracture correctly, improper sterile technique, and poor suturing or bandaging.
- Medication errors. Prescribing or administering the wrong medication or the wrong dosage.
- Failing to obtain a full medical history. The lack of knowledge of a patient’s age, weight, current medications, allergies, and condition of pregnancy can lead to disastrous outcomes: administration of the wrong medications in the wrong dosages, anesthesia errors, anaphylactic shock, fetal damage, and death.
- Failing to monitor a patient. Careful monitoring is critical when the patient presents signs of heart attack or stroke.
- Anesthesia errors. These may result from lack of a complete patient history, where information such as the patient’s allergies or the time they last ate is missing.
- “Patient dumping.” Releasing a patient before it is prudent to do so, in order to cut down waiting time for other patients.
- Failure to obtain informed consent. Consent, especially to an invasive procedure, may be implied from the circumstances, such as when a patient is brought in unconscious or severely injured, and is likely to die without treatment. Otherwise, no procedure can be undertaken or medication given without explaining it to the patient and obtaining their written acknowledgment of their understanding and consent.
We investigate claims thoroughly. If we believe that a hospital or practitioner acted properly even if the outcome was negative, we tell our clients the truth. But if we find that a hospital or its staff was negligent in their treatment, we put our years of experience to work. We only settle when the outcome for a client is right. At Crandall & Pera Law, we will fight to protect your rights.
Getting Legal Help
Where can you turn? If you or a member of your family has suffered an injury due to negligent treatment in an Emergency Room, let Crandall & Pera Law be your advocate. Please call 855-444-6651 or fill out our contact form to schedule a free, no-obligation meeting with an experienced medical malpractice attorney at one of our office locations.