When someone goes to the emergency room, they anticipate that their needs will be met quickly and with competent care. However, emergency rooms can be a chaotic environment at times, and many of them are understaffed. Even well-intentioned medical professionals have several possibilities to make mistakes as a result of this. Patients may suffer major problems or die as a result of errors in this setting.
Patients who have been injured as a result of emergency department errors may be able to file a medical malpractice case against the doctors, hospital employees, or the hospital itself to recover damages. If you believe you have a suit for a possible emergency room error, you need an experienced attorney by your side. The Philadelphia medical malpractice attorneys at The Weitz Law Firm will fight to get you the compensation you deserve.
There are many errors that can occur in a hospital, especially in the emergency room. The top 5 common errors that are reported in emergency rooms in Pennsylvania include:
Many of these errors can be prevented. However, due to the hectic and stressful environment of emergency rooms, they tend to be one of the most common places for medical error.
As reported in a recent article out of Allentown, Pennsylvania, a patient went to an emergency room to seek care for heart issues. The patient was in cardiac arrest but was sent back to the waiting room due to staffing and overcrowding issues. The patient later died 2 hours later in the waiting room from a heart attack.
An investigation found that the hospital violated both federal and Pennsylvania state regulations. The regulations cited were for violating patient rights, staffing assignment, lax supervision, and failing to adhere to patient safety standards.
If you or a loved one has experienced issues with a medical error, it is imperative that you speak with an attorney as soon as possible. To schedule an appointment with The Weitz Law Firm in Philadelphia to evaluate your case, please call 267-587-6240, or fill out our online intake form.