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What Kinds of Errors can Occur in Emergency Rooms?

After a serious injury, the first destination for many people is the nearest emergency room or urgent care center. These are often very hectic places, sometimes with wait times of several hours for everyone but the most seriously injured. While the medical professionals that staff these facilities are generally competent and well-trained, mistakes are bound to occur, sometimes with catastrophic consequences. Regardless of how well-intentioned a physician or other medical staff member is, medical errors should not occur, and victims may be able to recover compensation for their injuries. Anyone who has been injured in by an emergency room error should be certain to consult with an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible after the error is recognized.

 

Because of the fast-paced and often crowded nature of these facilities, there are many ways potential mistakes could occur. Some of the most common include:

 

  • Failure to diagnose a condition
  • Administering the wrong medication
  • Incorrect medication dosage
  • Patient misidentification
  • Operating on wrong body part
  • Delayed treatment
  • Failure to monitor
  • Laboratory errors

 

These are just some of the ways that emergency room staff could make errors with significant health consequences for a patient. After an injury-causing error is suspected, it is important for victims to consult with an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible. These types of legal claims can be very time sensitive, so any delay has the potential to affect your ability to recover. In addition, medical facilities understand that their business could result in legal liability, and could take steps in order to cover up the error or try and manipulate a victim into conceding fault for the injury.

Contact a Newnan personal injury attorney for a free consultation

If you or a loved one has been injured by an emergency room error, you may be entitled to substantial compensation. The experienced personal injury lawyers of the Law Offices of Shane Smith are dedicated to helping victims of medical negligence recover. We are seasoned litigators who have the skill and experienced required to get you the compensation you deserve. To schedule a free consultation with one of our lawyers, call our office today at (770) 487-8999.


Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia