How often does malpractice occur in the ER?
Malpractice can occur in any hospital, at any time, and to anyone, but because of the nature of emergency rooms, errors are particularly likely to happen. ER patients, by definition, have acute and dangerous medical conditions, and providers often commit errors in communication or mishandle procedures.
Malpractice can seriously injure or even kill a patient. During procedures, infections and injuries may occur. These could even include spinal and brain injuries that could have been prevented by a more competent or careful provider.
Do I have a case?
If you sustained an injury or infection, or had your treatment delayed in the emergency room, you may have a case for medical malpractice. Holding a hospital liable can be difficult. But if you were injured, misdiagnosed, or suffered an infection during treatment in a hospital, you may have a case for negligence or malpractice, especially if your incident involved the following:
- The existence of a doctor or provider-patient relationship
- Proof of negligence
- Proof that the malpractice has directly and negatively impacted the patient's health
If you or a loved one has suffered negligence or malpractice within the emergency room, you need a lawyer that can properly represent you in court to get you the compensation you're entitled to. Contact attorney Joseph F. Brown today.