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What happens if I am Injured in an Emergency Room?

When a person suffers an unexpected injury or illness, many people visit the emergency room for immediate diagnosis and treatment.  Though the majority of emergency rooms have reliable doctors and staff who provide quality care, humans may always make mistakes.  Emergency rooms are often understaffed and overcrowded, with doctors working long hours and growing fatigued.  Sometimes, patients suffer additional injury in the emergency room due to negligence on behalf of the staff.  In these situations, the emergency room responsible should be held liable for your further injuries.  If you have been injured in the emergency room, you should contact an experienced personal injury attorney in Fayette County as soon as possible.

 

Examples of emergency room negligence

The doctors and staff in emergency rooms have a duty to provide adequate care to injured and ill patients.  When they fail to provide the required standard of care, they may be found negligent.  Some common examples of emergency room negligence include:

 

  • Failure to diagnose
  • Failure to properly monitor patients
  • Having unsanitary conditions
  • Excessive delay treating patients
  • Failing to run the proper tests
  • Errors in paperwork
  • Surgical mistakes
  • Medication errors
  • Failing to recognize a true emergency
  • Providing inadequate discharge information

 

Personal injury cases against hospitals, doctors, and other medical staff can involve very complicated issues.  For instance, if you are already injured when you enter the ER, it may be difficult to prove that additional injuries would not have occurred despite the staff’s negligent action or omission.  Furthermore, hospitals have legal teams that will be working to avoid liability in these type of situations.

Contact a Fayette County personal injury attorney for a free consultation

Luckily, an experienced personal injury lawyer can help you bring a claim against an emergency room and recover for your injuries.  If you have been injured, do not hesitate to contact the Law Offices of Shane Smith at (770) 487-8999.


Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia