In the emergency room, the stakes are higher than in any other medical setting. While physicians, nurses, and other medical professionals are required to make quick medical decisions in the ER, there is still no excuse for outright negligence or carelessness. When your emergency medical professionals fail to consider your safety and cause life-altering injuries, you may be entitled to bring a medical malpractice claim against them and their organization.
Medical malpractice claims can be complicated, but with our team of trained doctor-lawyers, you can rest assured that your case will receive the care, attention, and thought that it deserves. Our Kansas City attorneys at Cullan & Cullan have recovered over $350 million to help victims recover after serious accidents – including emergency room errors – and we are passionate about helping injury victims achieve results.
For knowledgeable support from our legal team, call (816) 253-8606 today and schedule a free consultation.
Common Emergency Room Mistakes
From misdiagnosis to medication errors, there are dozens of ways that emergency room practitioners can cause serious injuries and even fatalities through negligence. These errors are relatively commonplace: One study estimated that up to 250,000 deaths in the emergency room are caused by a medical error.
Although the emergency room is different than other healthcare facilities, your medical team still has an obligation to meet the “standard of care” that other qualified emergency room professionals would meet in the same circumstances.
Common errors caused by negligence in the emergency room:
- Medication and prescription errors
- Failing to order tests to properly diagnose the patient
- Failure to correctly interpret test results
- Using defective equipment
- Laboratory errors
- Operating on the wrong person or body part
- Failing to follow appropriate screening procedures
- Surgical errors
- Premature discharge from the ER
- Failure to transfer patient care
Who Is Liable for Emergency Room Malpractice?
Many different parties can ultimately be liable for emergency room errors and medical malpractice, so it’s important to review your case with an experienced attorney.
Any of the following professionals could potentially be liable for injuries:
- Surgical prep staff
Seeking Compensation for Catastrophic Injuries
In order to have a solid emergency room malpractice claim, you will need to demonstrate that your care providers committed considerable errors – and that you suffered substantial, life-changing disabilities and injuries as a result of those errors. This takes extensive knowledge, resources, and experience to investigate and litigate properly. At Cullan & Cullan, we care about helping victims and will fight tirelessly to help you seek fair compensation.
Call our Kansas City office at (816) 253-8606 today for a free consultation.