Helping Victims of Emergency Room Negligence
Hospital and emergency room negligence can cause harm to patients, sometimes even causing death. Hospital negligence, often called hospital malpractice, usually involves a negligence act by health care providers, specifically staff working at a hospital such as nurses, medical technicians, and other attendant staff. Even with the significant amount of health care regulations in the United States, hospital negligence is fairly common. If you’re a victim of hospital or emergency room negligence, our Billings medical malpractice law firm can help.
Types of Emergency Room Negligence
Due to the nature of the emergent cases that make their way into an ER, sometimes hospital staff are rushed to identify a diagnosis to quickly start treating a patient to attempt to save their lives. Unfortunately, this can cause health care providers to not thoroughly evaluate a patient to the level they should, which can lead to a misdiagnosis of the condition which then may lead to improper treatment. Misdiagnosis could be contributed to several different emergency room staff members such as nurses, EMT and paramedic neglect, and physician errors.
Other issues that occur in emergency rooms that our Billings medical malpractice law firm can review include:
- Errors in collecting and processing lab samples
- Contaminated blood transfusions
- Delayed diagnosis
- Practices that contribute to infection and disease
Our Billings Emergency Room Negligence Attorney Outlines Causes of Mistakes and Accidents in the ER
Emergency rooms often tend to be more fast-paced and chaotic than other medical provider settings such as a doctor’s office. When health care workers such as emergency room doctors, surgeons, nurses, paramedics, and other hospital employees rush in their duties or suffer from other issues such as fatigue from being overworked and understaffed, their conduct can cause these essential health care workers to fail to perform up to the required standard of care. As a result, patients sustain injuries from the neglectful care they received while in an emergency room.
Injuries Resulting from Emergency Department Negligence in Montana
Because of the negligence of emergency room staff, patients are injured every year when those injuries could have been prevented, but fatigued and overworked medical staff does not excuse the failure to catch a brain aneurysm before it ruptures when clear symptoms were presented or finding a blocked bile duct that could have been caught early and treated if proper testing had been done before toxins collected in the liver.
Other common issues that occur when emergency room employees do not properly or efficiently diagnose symptoms include but are not limited to:
- Strokes and seizures
- Burst appendix causing infection to spread throughout the abdomen
- Heart attacks
- Internal bleeding
Our experienced Billings medical malpractice law firm can review your treatment to determine whether you may have a medical malpractice case that may help you obtain the compensation that you deserve for your injuries.
Causes of Hospital Negligence
Patients rely on hospitals to provide critical care that is safe and meets the requisite standard of care. However, hospital negligence occurs often in the United States for a variety of different reasons such as understaffing issues, staff that is not adequately trained, lack of resources and inadequate equipment, improperly entering patient information, lack of communication between various health care providers (such as the emergency room doctor and the surgeon), and facilities that are in need of essential repairs. Unfortunately, these issues can cause injuries to patients that could have been prevented.
Next Step: Contact Our Billings ER Negligence Attorney
Hospital and emergency room negligence is unacceptable and may entitle patients harmed to compensation for their injuries. With over 40 years of trial experience, the Billings medical malpractice law firm of Ragain and Clark understands what it takes to help injured patients effectively pursue a claim against a hospital regardless of how complicated or unique the client’s issue may be.
Contact our Billings medical malpractice law firm today to schedule a free and confidential consultation. Our aggressive attorneys hold hospitals accountable and have extensive experience handling disputes in Montana and Wyoming, and understand how to maximize the value of your claim.
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