Emergency Room Errors
Monroe Emergency Room Error Attorney
Emergency Department Negligence in Louisiana
Emergency rooms play a critical role in the health and safety of our community. When a medical emergency strikes, we trust that ER doctors, nurses, and staff will do everything possible to provide the appropriate care. While most emergency departments are highly efficient and effective, some fall short. When this is the case, the consequences for patients can be disastrous—or even deadly.
If you suffered serious injuries or complications or if someone you love died due to emergency room negligence, you may have grounds for a lawsuit. At Parker Alexander, we can provide you with a free consultation and case evaluation to determine if you have a viable claim. If we believe we can win your case, we will immediately begin gathering evidence and fighting for the maximum compensation you and your family are owed.
On This Page
- What Is Emergency Room Negligence?
- Examples of Emergency Room Negligence
- Who Is Liable for Emergency Room Errors?
- Fighting to Maximize Your Recovery
Like any other medical provider, ER doctors and nurses are human. As such, they are prone to making mistakes. However, the consequences of these mistakes are much higher than those of ordinary individuals, and negligent ER personnel can be held accountable when preventable errors cause serious harm to others.
That being said, emergency room doctors, nurses, and staff are held to a different standard of care than other medical providers. The law recognizes the high-pressure setting in which emergency room doctors operate, as well as the need for these individuals to make fast decisions. Often, even when ER doctors do everything they can to provide appropriate care, they cannot save every patient. Courts know this and take it into account when ruling on emergency room error cases.
However, just like any other doctor, ER doctors are required to provide the same standard of care one could reasonably expect from any other emergency department doctor in the same or similar circumstance. Failure to do this may constitute negligence.
Examples of Emergency Room Negligence:
Some examples of ER errors and negligence include:
- Ignoring or failing to respond to a patient’s symptoms
- Misdiagnosis, delayed diagnosis, and failure to diagnose emergency conditions
- Medication errors and intubation errors
- Triage errors (failing to appropriately classify and treat emergencies)
- Sending a patient home without treatment/completing treatment (early discharge)
- Delayed treatment/failure to treat
- Improper performance of various emergency room procedures
- Failing to conduct/order proper diagnostic tests
- Misreading or mis-analyzing diagnostic test results
- Failing to inform patients of test results/follow-up procedures
- Failing to account for a patient’s essential medical history information
One common emergency room error occurs when patients visit the ER with heart attack symptoms only to be sent home with a diagnosis for a much less serious condition, such as anxiety. Tragically, this can and frequently does have fatal consequences.
Who Is Liable for Emergency Room Errors?
When a medical provider fails to uphold an acceptable standard of care, victims may have several options. It may be possible to sue the medical provider directly for damages. Victims may also have claims against emergency departments and/or the hospitals that house them.
At Parker Alexander, we understand the many nuances and complexities involved in emergency room error cases. With decades of experience under their belts, our attorneys are well-versed in the law and know how to anticipate various issues that often arise in these types of cases. We often work with medical professionals and expert witnesses to determine how an incident occurred, prove how negligence played a role, and demonstrate who is liable for your resulting damages.
Fighting to Maximize Your Recovery
We understand that emergency room mistakes often result in catastrophic injuries and wrongful death. We know the immense pain and suffering, not to mention the many financial challenges, these incidents cause. Because of this, our Monroe emergency room error attorneys fight tirelessly in their efforts to secure the maximum recovery you are owed.
We can work to recover compensation for your current and future medical bills, lost wages, future lost earnings, lost earning ability, physical pain, emotional suffering, trauma, lost quality of life, and more. Throughout our years in practice, we have successfully recovered millions of dollars for our clients, and we are ready to put our powerful reputation and proven record of success on your side.
Call (318) 625-6262 today to speak to one of our attorneys about your case for free.