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Emergency Room Injuries
The number of previously healthy people who die every year from hospital error is about 7,150. The remainder of preventable deaths occurred in patients with less than a three-month life expectancy.
Because of the healthcare situation in the United States, emergency room use is rising. However, the number of emergency departments across the U.S. is falling, according to the National Center for Health Statistics. This development has led to medical professionals working harder and with more patients. It makes for a situation in which mistakes can be made. However, the circumstances do not change the obligations medical professionals have to avoid mistakes when they treat patients.
If you or someone you love has been injured or killed because of an emergency room error, you have rights under the law against the defendant. To learn how the Charleston emergency room error medical malpractice lawyer at Hartman Law Firm, L.L.C. can help you, call us today toll free or contact us online. We represent clients throughout Charleston and across South Carolina. We can provide a free, no-obligation initial consultation.
Frequent Errors in Hospital Emergency Rooms
There are approximately 136.1 million emergency room visits in the U.S. every year. That statistic means for every 100 people there are 45 visits to an ER in any given year. Meanwhile, with the recent changes to health care in the United States, it is likely the volume of people seeking treatment at the ER is going to continue increasing.
According to a recent Wall Street Journal, 37 to 55 percent of emergency room negligence cases arise from diagnostic errors.
Other frequent ER errors include:
Misdiagnosis of symptoms
Delayed diagnosis (for instance, failing to report a positive result from a cancer test)
Failure to supervise medical staff, allowing them to diagnose ( such as a registered nurse or physician’s assistant)
Failure to order or to properly read tests
Inadequate staff to treat patients and/or monitor patients’ symptoms
Failure to follow guidelines dictating proper medication procedures or to maintain cleanliness in the establishment (a recent study found that 90 percent of hospital deaths are as a result of medical errors caused by failing to follow systems and procedures)
The hurried environment of an emergency room does not allow doctors and other medical staff to fail to diagnose, delay diagnosis, fail to order or properly read relevant tests, provide inadequate staffing, or fail to follow dictated guidelines intended to protect patients. Such emergency room errors may constitute medical negligence or medical malpractice if a patient is harmed.
An emergency room error attorney with experience in medical malpractice claims can help evaluate the circumstances of your or your loved one’s injury. A lawyer will work with medical experts to evaluate whether healthcare standards were met and advise you of your legal options.