Nobody likes a trip to the emergency room, and in most cases, when you’re going to the emergency room, it means you’re not feeling well and experiencing a medical emergency. The whole point of the emergency room is to ensure you leave in better condition than you arrived, though sometimes what happens in the emergency room only leaves you worse off.
Mistakes happen in almost every career, but mistakes are life-threatening for medical personnel. When medical professionals make mistakes in the emergency room, the risk is that you could be injured for the rest of your life. It can cost you thousands of dollars in follow-up doctor’s appointments, new medication to control new symptoms, and follow-up surgeries to fix the complications caused by an emergency room error. We know that emergency room errors and medical malpractice are about much more than just money—they can cost you your quality of life.
If you’ve been affected by a medical error in the emergency room, schedule a consultation with our Miami emergency room error lawyer as soon as you can. We’ll help to guide you through the process and assess your individual case. Our injury lawyers are experienced professionals and have dealt with many cases just like yours. We’re sympathetic to our clients because we know that it’s not just a lawsuit—it’s your life we’re talking about.
Here’s more about what you can do if you suspect you have been a victim of medical malpractice or errors in the emergency room.
Emergency Room Error Statistics
Most people, with the rare exception of a healthy few, will have at least one trip to the emergency room during their lifetime. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) estimates there are approximately 136.9 million visits to the emergency room every year; of these, about 39 million visits are for life-threatening emergencies, such as heart attacks, injuries sustained in car accidents, violent crime injuries, and other common emergencies. Of course, some of these emergency room visits are for rarer occurrences, too, such as workplace accidents.
According to statistics, just how many errors can you expect to find in a busy emergency room? It’s estimated that as much as 10% of emergency room visits are subject to errors—this is a scary thought considering the statistics mentioned above.
If you’ve been a victim of an emergency room error, we know it can change your life and destroy your faith in the medical profession. Speak to us if you suspect you have been the victim of medical malpractice and would like to find out more about how we can help you handle your claim.
Defining Emergency Room Malpractice
When it comes to defining medical malpractice and whether your case qualifies, you’re going to want an emergency room error attorney in Miami from our team on your side who can look at the individual merits of your case and advise you on your next step.
Medical malpractice occurs when injuries or damages are sustained due to a medical practitioner making an outright error—or an omission that leads to one. Errors are rarely a deliberate mistake on the part of the medical professional, but deliberate or not, we believe victims should not be forced to pay for something that was not their fault.
Why Emergency Room Errors Happen
There are many reasons why medical malpractice can happen, and the following information can give you some perspective when it’s time to analyze your case. Most commonly, medical malpractice happens when medical professionals show up to work tired. Fatigue is a normal human condition, but it can be a disaster when it happens in the context of an emergency room.
Medical malpractice in the emergency room can also happen because of simple error or distraction; while people will never admit it, everyone gets distracted at work. Someone can be wheeled in for the wrong surgery, and it can cause lifelong damage, or you can be the victim of an anesthesia mistake, and it can affect you for the rest of your life.
We believe that mistakes in a professional context shouldn’t be paid for by the people suffering from these mistakes. If you have been the victim of a mistake in the emergency room, you shouldn’t be responsible financially—and a Miami emergency room error attorney on our team can help you through every step of the process.
Common Emergency Room Errors
In an emergency room, anything can go wrong, but there errors occur more often than others. Below is a brief look at some of the more common mistakes or omissions that can lead to a malpractice case.
If any of these have happened to you, get in touch with us to speak with one of our excellent Miami emergency room error lawyers, so we can advise you on your next step and the merits of your suit.
Simple diagnostic errors are one of the most common mistakes made in the emergency room, and sometimes in doctor’s offices and hospital rooms.
Diagnostic errors can happen when you’re wrongly diagnosed and treated or when your condition isn’t diagnosed at all and you’re given the “all clear” from the emergency room to go home when there’s still something wrong.
Prescription errors are also commonly seen in the emergency room; sometimes the wrong medication is prescribed, and other times the right medication is prescribed, but the dosage is wrong.
You can also be given something to which you are allergic, and this can lead to disastrous consequences for your health. Prescription errors can cause permanent impairment or wrongful death, and prescription errors are more common than you might think.
- Test Reading
Sometimes a test is read or interpreted wrong, and this leads to the entirely wrong course of treatment being started for the wrong condition or a clean bill of health being issued by your doctor when your health is not in perfect condition at all. Other errors involving testing can (and do) happen in the emergency room, including improper labeling or switching of test results. Any of these mistakes can cost you thousands or your health.
- Wrong Procedure
The wrong procedure can also be performed by medical personnel for a variety of reasons: sometimes a mistake slips into the file, and other times the condition is wrongly diagnosed from the start. We do not believe victims should be made to pay for mistakes that aren’t their own, and if the wrong procedure has been performed on you in an emergency room, you’re going to need help to repair any damage to your body (or finances) that you have incurred in the process.
- Failure to Order Test
When you go to the emergency room for any type of injury, one of the first things that doctors and other medical professionals around them have to do is check what’s wrong with you, and in some cases, this can be done just by looking at the symptoms. Other times, this can only be done by ordering tests to ensure the right treatment is being given for the right condition.
If this doesn’t happen and the doctors don’t order the necessary tests, or if they subject you to a range of unnecessary tests, then you could have a valid claim for a malpractice lawsuit against the professionals, regardless of whether they had any intent to cause harm.
- Wrongful Discharge
When you’re checked into a hospital, most people look forward to the possibility of getting discharged as soon as possible— but you shouldn’t always consider yourself out of harm’s way the moment you’re given an all clear from your doctor. It’s a known fact that wrongful discharge is common so let our office know if you were injured as a result of being discharged far too soon.
How Long Do You Have?
According to Florida Statute 95.11(4)(b), in most cases, you have two years from the event to lodge your claim for a malpractice suit against medical professionals. If your injury occurred more than two years ago, and you would like to make a claim, contact our office. In some cases, where the injury was not discovered for a period of time, there are exceptions to the two-year statute of limitations, and our injury attorneys will look into whether your situation qualifies for an exception.
If you have any questions, we can advise you on what the next step should be, and a personal injury attorney in Miami from our team will have handled plenty of cases just like yours.
What to Do Next
If you don’t know what to do next, visit our Miami personal injury law office. We’ll look at the individual merits of your potential claim, and we’ll take over from there.
If you are a victim and you think you have a case, contact an experienced Miami emergency room error lawyer at our firm today. Our injury attorneys are dedicated to correcting emergency room errors and want to help you get back your quality of life. Our consultations are free and we don’t get paid unless we collect from the medical professional that wronged you. Call now and see what the injury lawyers at Flagler Personal Injury Group can do for you.