Emergency Room Errors

Patients generally arrive in emergency rooms because they have an acute illness or injury. The hope is that these patients can be stabilized so they can be admitted to the hospital or released. Our lawyers at Jeffrey M. Goldberg Law Offices pursue cases in which errors made in an emergency room make a disease or injury worse. These severe errors can be devastating for the patient and the patient's family.

Emergency room errors can cause serious injuries and maladies

The National Institute of Health (NIH) states that most emergency room errors are minor and do not result in adverse outcomes. However they also found that errors happen in almost every aspect of emergency room care. Some of these errors do result in adverse outcomes and even unnecessary and wrongful deaths. The NIH recommends reviewing hospital ER systems and procedures to reduce the amount of errors.

Consider some common emergency room errors that the NIH contends could cause adverse outcomes or deaths that could have been prevented:

  • Evaluation and diagnosis errors: The ER staff fails to fully evaluate a patient's condition in a timely manner. The ER staff delays diagnosis, fails to diagnose or misdiagnoses a patient.
  • Laboratory and medication errors: Laboratory tests can be lost, mishandled or misread. The wrong prescription can be given to a patient.
  • Negligence and delayed treatment: A patient may not be treated in time, despite having been in the emergency room for quite a while.
  • Surgical errors: Mistakes in surgical procedures can be particularly harmful, leading to serious physical injuries or illnesses, or even wrongful death in many cases.

A busy hospital emergency department is no excuse for inadequate care

The very nature of an emergency room can make it a stressful place to treat patients. Doctors, nurses, laboratory technicians and others need to make quick decisions about patient care. However, this is no excuse for preventable emergency room errors, and these are considered a type of medical malpractice.

If you suffered or a loved one died because of emergency room errors, you should know that you are legally entitled to pursue legal remedies for your loss. Speak with our emergency room error attorneys for answers and assistance.

Contact Illinois and Wisconsin emergency room error attorneys for a free initial consultation

Schedule a free appointment with Milwaukee and Chicago emergency room error lawyers at Jeffrey M. Goldberg Law Offices by calling 888-396-3914 or contacting us online. We can meet you at our Milwaukee or Chicago office or at another location for your convenience. You are never charged a fee unless we can obtain a successful outcome for your case.