Emergency Room Errors

emergencyroomerrorsAccording to the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), the number of people dying from medical malpractice in the United States is growing each year. In fact, malpractice deaths have become the third leading cause of death after heart disease and cancer. Medical malpractice often takes place in the one place people go when they desperately need urgent medical attention: emergency rooms.

Research shows that almost 52% of ER-related malpractice lawsuits involve misdiagnosis, delayed diagnosis, or failure to diagnose. Emergency rooms are designed to treat a large number of people with a wide range of medical problems from common ailments to life-threatening injuries. When visiting an emergency room, most people believe that they will be evaluated fairly quickly and be seen by an experienced ER physician. This is not always the case.

Even though ER staff members receive training to work in a fast-paced environment, our nation’s ERs have become busier and busier, and even the most highly-trained ER specialists cannot keep up with increasing demands. For this reason, some patients are waiting several hours just to be seen. Due to the nature of some ER patients’ injuries and illnesses, ER mistakes can cause serious injury and even death.

The most common types of emergency errors are:

Misdiagnosis
• Failure to fully evaluate/treat a patient’s condition
Prescribing incorrect medication
• Faulty or incomplete laboratory testing
• Contaminated blood transfusions

A trip to the ER should save your life, not jeopardize it. If you or a loved one has suffered due to medical malpractice that occurred in an emergency room in the New York or NYC area including Manhattan, Bronx, Brooklyn, Long Island, or Queens, please contact the malpractice lawyers at the Law Offices of Silberstein Awad & Miklos.