Arizona Emergency Room Malpractice Attorneys
When you visit an emergency room, you deserve to receive fast, accurate, and reliable care. It’s essential to get treatment from a qualified medical professional right away. But emergency rooms are often understaffed, and the people who work there don’t always have the best training and motivation.
In many cases, emergency rooms are a low-priority department. They don’t generate very much income for hospitals because a lot of the patients are indigent, or they lack health insurance. That’s why hospitals don’t always provide emergency rooms with adequate resources.
There’s no room for error in an emergency room. When doctors and nurses make careless mistakes, it may result in catastrophic injuries or death.
If you were seriously harmed by inadequate emergency room treatment, contact the experienced Arizona medical malpractice attorneys at Leventhal Puga Braley P.C. right away. Our trial attorneys have been recognized for outstanding achievement by Super Lawyers and Martindale-Hubbell Top Rated Lawyers.
Call (303) 759-9945 to learn more today.
Medical malpractice results when negligent behavior causes a patient to receive substandard medical care. That means negligent actions taken by a medical professional or deficient hospital policies resulted in treatment that deviates from standard medical practices.
Emergency room malpractice is usually caused by human error. These doctors must be prepared to diagnose a wide range of medical conditions and determine which patients need to be treated right away. When the necessary treatment is delayed, the effects can be devastating.
Examples of emergency room malpractice include:
- Misdiagnosis is the most common emergency room error. Life threatening illness are often confused with less serious conditions and the patient is told to wait.
- Medication errors include providing the wrong medication, giving an incorrect dosage, or failing to check for allergies and unsafe drug interactions.
- Laboratory errors. When the hospital mishandles lab results or provides incorrect information, the proper treatment may be denied or delayed.
- Delayed treatment. The triage doctor or nurse is tasked with determining the kind of care a patient requires. It’s essential for them to make sure the patient is directed to the right location as quickly as possible.
- Treatment errors include misreading the patient’s chart, prescribing incorrect medication, or discharging a patient who requires further evaluation or monitoring.
- Failure to perform necessary tests occurs when doctors misinterpret symptoms and neglect to provide x-rays, CT scans, MRIs, or other standard tests.
- Failure to follow up is caused by communication errors, inadequate hospital policies, and poorly designed protocols.
There’s a significant gap in the level of care provided by emergency rooms in Arizona. At some locations, inefficient policies, understaffing, and reliance on inexperienced, part-time, or unqualified staff results in treatment that falls far below the standard of care.
Emergency room staff must decide who requires immediate intervention and provide the necessary care without delay. When medical professionals make careless, ill-informed, or hasty decisions, long-term harm or death may result.
Any type of serious medical condition can be exacerbated when essential treatment is delayed or denied. This may result in disastrous consequences for the patient who may be not receive the appropriate care for any of the following types of medical emergencies:
- Internal Bleeding
- Heart attacks
- Bacterial infections
- Appendicitis complications
If you or a loved one was the victim of an emergency room error, it’s essential to have someone on your side who’s prepared to take on the responsible medical establishments. Hospital employees are encouraged to close ranks when a mistake happens.
Your malpractice attorney will investigate the incident by interviewing witnesses, reviewing medical records, examining internal hospital documents, and consulting with medical experts. If your attorney finds evidence of malpractice, they will file a claim to help you get the money you need to cover your medical expenses and other damages caused by medical malpractice.
In Arizona, there is a higher burden of proof in emergency room medical malpractice cases. Unlike other types of medical malpractice, your attorney must demonstrate clear and convincing evidence of negligent behavior to win your case.
Anyone who contributed to your injuries can be held accountable, including:
- Hospital staff
- Laboratory technicians
Poor decisions made by medical professionals can lead to astronomical medical expenses. You may require years of intensive treatment, and your whole life can be turned upside down. Your personal injury attorney will calculate the true cost of your damages when they present your claim to the insurance company.
Damages from emergency room malpractice may include:
- Current and future medical costs
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of income
- Reduced quality of life
- Loss of earning potential
- In-home nursing care
- Wheelchair access for home and vehicles
- Wrongful death
Insurance companies are reluctant to give you fair compensation, but you shouldn’t have to pay for somebody else’s mistake. Our trial lawyers at Leventhal Puga Braley P.C. have received record-breaking settlements for our clients. We know what it takes to confront the big insurance companies and win.
Call (303) 759-9945 to schedule a FREE consultation today. At Leventhal Puga Braley P.C., we never stop fighting for our clients.