An emergency room is a place where the competence of medical professionals is truly tested. They are often overcrowded and chaotic, filled with patients who all require attention as soon as possible. In this setting, every doctor and nurse’s ability to provide quality service is faced with the ultimate trial. Sadly, some people do not fit the demands of an emergency room environment and harm patients as a result.

Medical malpractice in an emergency room is an effect of negligence within a fragile situation. One mistake can cause years of anguish for the people who were impacted. If a doctor’s carelessness harmed your family, contact Wagner Reese to speak with our Indianapolis emergency room error attorneys.

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Types of Emergency Room Errors

In an emergency situation, a patient may need to undergo a variety of medical procedures in a very short amount of time. On the same day that they enter the hospital, it is possible that a person will require testing, surgery, and a transfusion during that time. Additionally, the patient will be under the care of paramedics before they get to the hospital, and either discharged or moved to another section of the hospital once they receive emergency treatment. It is an unfortunate reality that negligence during any of these steps of emergency treatment can result in a patient’s further illness or injury.

Medical malpractice in an emergency room may include:

  • First responder negligence
  • Misdiagnosis
  • Lack of response to complications
  • Delayed treatment
  • Anesthesia errors
  • Contamination

Causes of Emergency Room Errors

Although you may understand that working in an emergency room can be a very stressful situation, we expect that doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals are able to handle that stress. There is no excuse for hospital staff to harm emergency room patients because of carelessness.

An emergency room error may be caused by:

  • Doctor or nurse inexperience
  • Fatigue
  • Understaffing
  • Unsanitary conditions
  • Inaccurate tests

Injuries that Result from Emergency Room Errors

When a person enters the emergency room, it is because they need treatment as soon as possible. The condition of emergency room patients is often precarious and worsens as time passes. The weakened state of an emergency room patient’s health means there is no room for error — any negligence can be catastrophic.

A victim of emergency room negligence may suffer from:

  • Infection
  • Medication side effects
  • Oxygen deprivation
  • Organ damage

If a person is in the emergency room for a critical health issue, the added stress of an error can cause permanent damage. Emergency room errors can also be fatal. To recover from this type of medical malpractice, a victim may require long-term treatment, resulting in elevated distress and high expenses for them and their family. In cases of death, a victim’s family is left with the costs of a funeral, burial, and any remaining medical expenses.

The effects of an emergency room error are life-altering, for the patient and their family. We understand that the costs of an emergency room error are greater than the financial impact. Medical negligence leaves victims angry, confused, hurt, and afraid.

At Wagner Reese, our goal is to provide guidance during this trying time. We approach each case differently, help you understand your case, and guide you through the claim process. Our hope is to be more than a team of attorneys — we strive to be a support system for our clients too.

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