When we go to the emergency room for ourselves or our loved ones, we go there because we have a medical emergency that needs to be taken care of. Trips to the ER, whether we drive ourselves or go by ambulance, can be scary experiences. One thing we usually count on is that the medical professionals who work in the ER being competent and delivering a high level of care. That is usually what happens.
Unfortunately, sometimes doctors, nurses, or other workers end up harming us more. It is not usually intentional, but negligence on the part of a healthcare professional can have deadly consequences. If you need a Philadelphia emergency room malpractice attorney, call The Weitz Firm today.
The first thing that most people notice when they go to an emergency room is how busy it is. No matter the time of day or night, ERs are busy with patients. Often, they are also understaffed.
Why is this a problem?
If an ER is understaffed, it means more than just longer wait time. It can also mean that doctors and nurses are so busy that they fail to diagnose a medical emergency properly. This can mean that they discharge a patient or give the wrong treatment. Johns Hopkins researchers have discovered that diagnostic errors accounted for the largest fraction of medical malpractice claims. They make up a significant portion of the more than 250,000 people killed in the US due to medical mistakes.
Being rushed in the ER can also lead to patients being rushed through the system, and the cause may be from hospital administration. Many hospitals are for-profit, meaning that the more patients they can get through the doors and out the better. Because of this, doctors may be pressured to move more quickly, again leading to diagnostic mistakes.
While we all know that doctors and nurses are busy, they may be worked the point of exhaustion. It is not uncommon healthcare professionals to work more than 24 hours in a row.
Is a doctor or nurse able to focus clearly after that long at work?
Common medical errors include medication errors. Often, patients are given the wrong medication or the wrong dose of their medication. An exhausted healthcare professional is much more likely to make these mistakes.
Whether the negligence is intentional or unintentional is irrelevant – medical mistakes in the ER should be prevented. When they happen, the people responsible should be held accountable.
We know how scary medical emergencies can be, whether they are your own emergencies or a loved one it hurt or sick. We know you expected to get quality treatment from the doctors and nurses at the emergency room, but sometimes the negligence and carelessness of medical professionals causes us harm. If you need a medical malpractice lawyer in Philadelphia, the Weitz Firm will be by your side, fighting to get you the compensation you need for all of your incident-related expenses. You can contact us for a free consultation by clicking here or calling 267-587-6240.