ER Errors and Mistakes
Emergency rooms are busy places, and ER doctors and nurses are often overworked and underpaid. Patients arrive in the emergency room with a wide variety of symptoms and often require immediate diagnosis and treatment. In this climate, it is not uncommon for errors and mistakes to be made. Unfortunately, those mistakes can have serious consequences for the patients seeking emergency care.
At the San Jose medical malpractice law firm of Corsiglia McMahon & Allard, L.L.P., we are experienced in handling cases arising from emergency room negligence. We help clients obtain the compensation they need and deserve for injuries sustained from hospital malpractice.Emergency Room Negligence in Northern California
Emergency room doctors are often tasked with seeing dozens of patients each day and quickly diagnosing potentially serious medical problems. Many emergency rooms are understaffed and do not have the necessary resources to fulfill the emergency medical needs of their communities. Under pressure to triage and turnover patients quickly, symptoms of very serious conditions can be overlooked. Failing to diagnose a serious illness or trauma can prove fatal. Here are some conditions that can be overlooked with deadly consequences:
- Heart attacks and other cardiac emergencies,
- Pulmonary embolisms,
- Meningitis, and
When these conditions present with mild symptoms, they may be errantly diagnosed as something minor such as indigestion or a migraine and the patient may be sent home without obtaining the diagnostic testing indicated by normal protocols. Emergency room protocols are set up to prevent this from happening, and when those protocols are not followed, that is medical malpractice.
The fast-paced environment of an emergency room can also contribute to other types of critical errors that can have disastrous results including pharmaceutical errors. When a doctor or nurse accidentally gives a patient the incorrect drug or administers a drug in an improper dosage, grave injuries can result. In order to determine if and where malpractice occurred, the applicable medical records must be closely examined. With the help of experienced medical professionals, our attorneys thoroughly investigate the cases we take in order to build the strongest possible case for compensation.
If you or a loved one has been injured or a loved one has wrongfully died as the result of an emergency room error, contact us at (408) 289-1417 to schedule a free consultation to discuss your legal options. From our office in San Jose, CA, we work with clients throughout Northern California including Santa Cruz, Sunnyvale, Mountain View, Palo Alto, Monterey, Carmel and other parts of Santa Clara and Monterey Counties.