Medical personnel regularly make quick decisions in order to save lives. This is especially true in emergency rooms, which are chaotic and confusing to people who don’t work in them. As an emergency room and critical care nurse, I have years of experience in this environment, as well as the errors which doctors and nurses can make within it. I chose to become an attorney in part because of the errors I watched being made and the way hospitals and doctors tried to cover them up, all at the expense of patients’ health and wellbeing.
What are the most common emergency room errors?
Overcrowding, inadequate funding and staffing, and other factors can lead to errors that mean patients are not admitted, diagnosed, and cared for properly. Common emergency room errors include:
- EMT and paramedic neglect
- Delayed diagnosis
- Failure to diagnose
- Surgical errors
- Unnecessary tests and procedures
- Anesthesia malpractice
Can you sue an ER for misdiagnosis or another type of error?
Yes! All healthcare providers must follow the safety rules that have been put in place to prevent harm and protect us all. As a licensed RN and former emergency room nurse, I am very familiar with the standard of care required to keep patients and families safe, as I followed those safety rules in providing care to my patients.
What is the most misdiagnosed ER procedure?
Misdiagnosis can be deadly, though it often affects patients in less severe ways. Just about anything you go to the emergency room for can be misdiagnosed, including heart attacks, strokes, broken bones, high blood pressure, and appendicitis.
In emergency room error cases, the issue is not the misdiagnosis itself, but whether that error caused harm to the patient. For instance, did a delay or error in diagnosing lead to a heart attack or stroke? Did it result in an aneurism or internal bleeding? Did a simple bone fracture misdiagnosed as a strain become a more complicated and painful break? As your emergency room error attorney, I would ensure the full, harmful consequences of the error are made clear so you will receive the compensation you deserve.