Often fast paced and demanding, an emergency rooms environment can often cause healthcare workers to be negligent in their work that could unfortunately lead to serious and fatal injuries. Some of the most common types of emergency room errors include:
- Patient dumping (transferring or releasing a patient for lack of insurance or other financial reasons)
- Misdiagnosing a medical condition
- Medication errors
- Misinterpreting test results
- Ignoring or downplaying symptoms
- Delayed treatment
- Failure to order appropriate tests
Among all of these errors, misdiagnosis stands above the rest in an emergency setting, including certain conditions that tend to be the likeliest for a misdiagnosis such as a stroke or heart attack, infections and meningitis. When these acts of negligence lead to serious injuries, you may be able to file a medical malpractice claim against the errant medical professionals or establishments for doing you more harm than good.
Among the types of damages you may be able to get compensation for in a medical negligence claim are the cost of medical care and treatment, lost earnings, pain and suffering, metal anguish and more.
If you have suffered from any type of emergency room error and want to know your legal options, consult with an experienced Austin medical malpractice attorney at Shaw Cowart LLP by calling 1-512-499-8900 or visit www.civil-litigation.com today. All initial consultations are free.