Injured while treated in an emergency room? Speak to an Atlanta medical malpractice attorney for legal help. Emergency rooms pose unique issues. The environment is often chaotic and doctors face high pressure to attend to every patient in a short amount of time.
There may not be enough time to fully evaluate a patient and review his or her medical history in some cases. Unfortunately, errors may occur in these environments, which could lead to a case of medical malpractice depending on the circumstances.
In order to prove medical malpractice, you must show that your injuries were caused by the medical professional’s negligence. Negligence means that the doctor treated you with a substandard level of care.
It is important to note that the emergency room doctors are given some leeway, since it can be established that the level of care in a doctor’s office may be much higher than in an emergency room where time is of the essence. Even so, doctors must treat patients as accurately as possible given the circumstances.
Possible emergency room errors include:
- failure to treat and diagnose certain medical conditions;
- failure to request appropriate tests; and
- errors in reading test results and medication errors.
Staffing shortages, inadequate training, communication issues, unsanitary conditions or defective medical equipment may be the cause of some emergency room errors. Remember, emergency room staffs are put in unique circumstances, so before filing a claim, consult an attorney to determine if a standard of care may have been breached and if your case warrants a lawsuit.
If you are a victim of emergency room errors that constitute negligence, though, you may recover compensation for damages. Medical malpractice cases can be complex and help from a lawyer familiar with the process is often very beneficial in evaluating your case.
Jason R. Schultz is an Atlanta medical malpractice attorney who can review your case and provide legal counsel if further action is warranted. Contact him today at (404) 474-0804.