Wyoming Emergency Room Malpractice Lawyers
Emergency rooms can be chaotic, but they don’t need to be. The fact that you had a medical emergency doesn’t mean that you should accept substandard care.
Hospitals have a duty to hire qualified personnel and develop the necessary protocols to effectively manage emergency room traffic. When doctors, nurses, administrators, and hospital staff fail to meet the standards of their profession, it causes catastrophic harm to patients.
Everyone must be held accountable for their mistakes. If you or a loved one is suffering from injuries caused by substandard emergency room care, contact the experienced Wyoming medical malpractice lawyers at Leventhal Puga Braley P.C. right away by calling (303) 759-9945.
Emergency room malpractice occurs when a patient is seriously harmed by careless actions committed by doctors, nurses, lab technicians, pharmacists, administrators, or anyone who works emergency rooms.
Medical malpractice results from a failure to meet professional standards. If a reasonably qualified doctor would not have made the same mistake in a similar situation, then the doctor is guilty of malpractice.
Emergency room care begins with triage, which is the process of determining the severity of a patient’s condition and making sure they are treated in a timely manner. Triage is performed by a doctor or nurse who has the necessary training and experience to make these early and crucial decisions.
The most common type of emergency room malpractice is misdiagnosis. Emergency room doctors must quickly assess the patient’s condition and order the correct tests to make the correct diagnosis. In these cases, doctors should always err on the side of caution.
One of the most dangerous things an emergency room doctor can do is mistake a serious condition for a less threatening one. Examples include misdiagnosing a stroke in a younger patient and failing to order an MRI, or misdiagnosing meningitis as the flu and failing to order a spinal tap.
Common emergency room errors include:
- Delayed treatment
- Medication errors
- Misjudging symptoms
- Failure to diagnose
- Incorrectly interpreting test results
- Failure to consider the patient’s medical history
- Failure to perform necessary tests
- Failure to properly monitor patient
- Failure to follow-up on patient’s condition
- Communication errors
- Premature release
Hospital and insurance companies will do everything they can to avoid giving you fair compensation if you were harmed by inadequate emergency room care. They’ll argue that emergency rooms are “hectic” places where doctors are under serious time constraints. They might even try to blame you for the harm they caused.
Our team at Leventhal Puga Braley P.C. has the resources and expertise to stand up to the big insurance companies. We’ll cut through the subterfuge and find out what really happened.
Our investigators will gather the following types of information to prove your case:
- Medical records
- Witness interviews
- Internal hospital documents
- Patterns of negligent behavior
- Expert testimony
Hospital administrators often neglect to fully fund emergency rooms and give them the resources they need to provide adequate treatment. Many of the patients who visit an emergency room lack health insurance, so these facilities don’t generate the same level of income as other departments. But that’s no excuse for failing to provide essential care.
Insurance companies make their money by paying out as little as possible in claims. But our team will file a claim against anyone whose negligent behavior contributed to your injuries.
Damages in an emergency room malpractice settlement may include the following types of expenses:
- Medical bills
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Loss of income
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Reduced earning potential
- Caretaking costs
- Wrongful death
Our trial lawyers at Leventhal Puga Braley P.C. have won record-breaking medical malpractice settlements for our clients. If you were harmed by someone’s careless actions, you shouldn’t have to pay for your own medical bills.
Call (303) 759-9945 to schedule a FREE consultation at Leventhal Puga Braley P.C. today.