Why Do Emergency Room Errors Happen?
You are having chest pains in the middle of the night. You fell and broke your arm. You feel pain after being involved in a car accident. You were at home when you were attacked and stabbed by an intruder.
What do all these situations have in common? They’re all emergencies and require immediate medical care. You should get to the hospital right away.
Emergency room doctors are highly trained. They have the ability to quickly diagnose a patient’s injuries or medical conditions and prescribe medications or perform surgeries or other treatments to help the patient feel better.
However, not all emergency room visits end on a happy note. An emergency room is a frantic, high stress environment. Doctors are rushing around trying to help multiple patients. They must make quick decisions in life or death situations. Often, they have limited information about a patient’s medical history, which makes their job much harder. Most of the time, they make the right decisions, but sometimes they don’t.
Medical malpractice often occurs in emergency rooms. It is believed that these medical mistakes happen due to the way doctors process data. Even when doctors have the right information about a patient, they don’t always act on it in the right way. Problems tend to occur most often with information processing and information verification. Based on a study published in De Gruyter’s Journal Diagnosis, these cases happened in 45% and 31% of cases, respectively. It’s unknown why these mistakes happen, but burnout may play a role.
What Are Common Emergency Room Errors?
Common cases of emergency room medical malpractice include misdiagnosis, medication errors, misreading test results and failure to treat a medical condition. In an emergency situation, it is not uncommon for a condition to be misdiagnosed as something less serious. For example, a patient may complain of chest pain and instead of being tested and treated for a possible heart attack, the person may be diagnosed with indigestion and discharged. The patient then goes home, has a heart attack and dies. In fact, many hospitals discharge patients way too early. Instead of thorough testing, they focus on quick diagnosis, which can have fatal results.
Because emergency rooms focus on focus on quick diagnosis, it is not uncommon for patients to be treated for the wrong condition. A person who has severe headaches may be diagnosed with migraines rather than something more serious, such as an aneurysm or brain tumor. This means the person is given the wrong medication and treatment. Thus delays their healing and can lead to a worsened condition and even death.
Contact a Coral Springs Personal Injury Attorney
Medical malpractice can happen in a variety of ways. You may think you’ll receive top-notch care at your local hospital’s ER department, but given the circumstances, things are often rushed and doctors can make serious and even fatal mistakes
If you or a loved one has suffered medical malpractice, get help from a Coral Springs medical malpractice attorney at The Law Offices of Barry S. Mittelberg, P.A. We will help you fight for your rights and seek appropriate compensation. Schedule a free consultation by calling(954) 752-1213 today.