Lawyers for Emergency Room Errors and Negligence
Doctors, nurses, and others that work in emergency rooms are moving quickly and are often overworked. Sometimes this leads to staff neglecting to properly tend to patients, diagnose the illness, order the right tests, and properly treat people’s injuries. When this happens, sometimes one injury can turn into something more severe, or even result in wrongful death if the medical personnel did not adhere to the established standard of care.
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed as the result of medical malpractice/negligence in an emergency room, you may be entitled to compensation. At Dana & Dana, our interest is fighting for victims of serious injuries or wrongful death. Our office has a history of helping victims of medical malpractice and other acts of medical negligence. Contact us today for a free consultation.
Common mistakes and injuries in emergency rooms
Some of the most common errors made which result in serious injury or wrongful death include:
- Misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose;
- Failure to order the correct tests;
- Too much delay;
- Errors related to anesthesia or surgery.
Depending upon the condition that the patient arrives in, a mis- or delayed diagnosis—as well as a failure to diagnose—can mean the difference between life and death. If the real illness, injury, or condition goes unattended, the patient will often suffer or die from that condition going unattended. Particularly if a patient is suffering from chest pains, it is entirely possible for them to die of a heart attack while waiting to be seen.
Rhode Island law for emergency room errors
Like many other states, Rhode Island has a “Good Samaritan” law protecting volunteers from civil liability for acts connected to providing assistance in an emergency, even if they end up causing injury (R.I. Gen. Stat. § 9-1-27.1). There are, however, exceptions for gross negligence and willful or wanton conduct that give rise to any injuries—such as someone doing something reckless or intentional—if it harms someone.
In addition, the law does not provide immunity to ambulance workers and emergency medical technicians. Standard malpractice laws apply to all emergency room personnel, including the doctors, nurses, and others working there. The hospital is also typically responsible for any mistakes that a doctor, nurse, or other staffer made in emergency rooms.
Most emergency rooms are also obligated to provide a screening of any injured patient that walks through their doors and stabilize them to the extent that they can; in other words, they cannot refuse a patient treatment due to payment issues if they receive Medicare funding. If they do refuse treatment, this can give rise to damages.
Dana and Dana, attorneys at law
If you or a loved one has suffered from medical negligence in an emergency room, you should discuss the incident with an experienced medical malpractice attorney right away. The attorneys at Dana & Dana can help; contact us today for a free consultation so that we can review your records, consult with the appropriate medical specialists, and do an evaluation of any potential damages.