Denver Emergency Room Error Attorneys
Get Help After an Emergency Room Error Leaves You Injured
Emergency rooms can be chaotic and chaos is a breeding ground for medical mistakes. Healthcare professionals in a busy emergency room may fail to properly assess all of a patient’s injuries, or may prescribe a medication without checking a patient’s current drug regimen and allergies. These errors leave patients worse off than when they arrived in the ER.
If you believe a doctor or nurse made one of these errors during your emergency room visit, you should reach out to an experienced attorney for help. Our team at Leventhal & Puga, P.C., has handled many similar cases. Call us today at (303) 759-9945 to talk to an experienced Colorado medical malpractice lawyer in a no-cost consultation.
Why Emergency Room Errors Happen
The hectic and unplanned nature of emergency rooms is a natural contributor to the poor quality of care patients receive. A recent study, published in De Gruyter’s Journal Diagnosis, found that failures in doctors’ and nurses’ thinking account for 45% of all ER errors. This means that even when ER doctors are given accurate and timely information, they still make the wrong decision for treatment. This wrong decision-making is more common than not receiving accurate information, and not being able to verify information.
The most common decision-making errors? Misjudging how significant a finding was, and prematurely deciding on an incorrect diagnosis.
Emergency Room Errors and the Law
Emergency room errors are considered medical malpractice under the law. In order to prove medical malpractice occurred, you must prove that the doctor, nurse, or other healthcare professional was negligent. A negligent medical professional is one who failed to use reasonable care in treating a patient, resulting in damage to the patient. There are three elements required to hold a doctor legally responsible for a patient’s injuries:
- The doctor-patient relationship existed
- The treatment involved negligence
- The patient’s injury was a direct result of the negligent treatment
Work with an Experienced Emergency Room Error Attorney
If you put your life in the hands of a medical professional in the emergency room and were injured further, you deserve to be compensated for the damage to your quality of life.
The top trial attorneys at Leventhal & Puga, P.C., have the knowledge, experience, and resources to best tackle medical malpractice cases. We do the research, consult with medical experts, and work to ensure that you receive the damages you need to get your life back on track. We won’t let a hospital use "emergency room chaos" as an excuse for poor care.
There is no charge for an initial consultation with Leventhal & Puga, P.C. To speak with an experienced ER error attorney about your potential case, please call (303) 759-9945.
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