What Happens When Emergency Room Mistakes Cause Injuries?

We think of the emergency room as a safe place to go when we are injured—but what happens when emergency room mistakes cause more harm to a patient?

Emergency rooms are busy, oftentimes hectic facilities. Multiple people, including doctors, nurses and staff members, are responsible for caring for patients. Unfortunately, sometimes these many moving parts can lead to mistakes. In the worst scenarios, that can result in patients being injured or even losing their lives.

Common emergency room mistakes include:

  • Misdiagnosis
  • Improper treatment
  • Wrong medication or dosage
  • Failure to run appropriate tests or misreading tests
  • Delayed treatment

About one in four times, these mistakes occur due to organizational problems. Such problems include a lack or proper procedures or understaffing the emergency room. Technical errors only account for a small percentage of emergency room mistakes—most are the result of human error.

These mistakes can result in serious problems for patients, such as:

  • Worsening of their condition
  • Infections
  • New injuries
  • Botched medical procedures
  • Death

If you have been injured due to a mistake in the emergency room, the facility might be liable for your injuries. Damages you might be able to claim include medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, permanent injuries, mental anguish and loss of income earning capacity. If you have lost a loved one due to an emergency room mistake, you might be entitled to wrongful death benefits.

“Everyone deserves proper care when they check into an emergency room. If you have been seriously injured due to emergency room mistakes, contact an experienced personal injury attorney to help you fight for compensation,” said Attorney Walter Clark, founder of Walter Clark Legal Group.

Our firm has been handling personal injury cases throughout the California Low Desert and High Desert communities for over 30 years. With a 95% success rate, the California personal injury attorneys at Walter Clark Legal Group will fight to hold those responsible for your loss accountable and win compensation to cover medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. If you have been injured and want to discuss your legal options, contact us today at (760) 777-7777 for a free consultation with an experienced personal injury lawyer. We have offices in Indio, Rancho Mirage, Victorville, and Yucca Valley and represent clients through the entire California Low Desert and High Desert communities.

DISCLAIMER: The Walter Clark Legal Group blog is intended for general information purposes only and is not intended as legal or medical advice. References to laws are based on general legal practices and vary by location. Information reported comes from secondary news sources. We do handle these types of cases, but whether or not the individuals and/or loved ones involved in these accidents choose to be represented by a law firm is a personal choice we respect. Should you find any of the information incorrect, we welcome you to contact us with corrections.

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