Posted: February 4, 2017 | Last Updated: February 12, 2017
Although Emergency Rooms can be stressful environments, there are still rules and procedures that staff are required to follow. Emergency Room doctors commonly act as “urgent care” providers when a patient’s primary care doctor may be unavailable.
However, Emergency Room doctors also act as gatekeepers deciding which patients will receive consultations with specialists or receive certain test and which patients will not. An Emergency Room doctor’s job is to decide which patients have true emergencies requiring hospital care and which patient can safely be sent home with instructions to follow-up with a family physician or other doctor.
Errors in judgment, including failing to see key “red flags,” taking a patient’s complaints too lightly, or assuming that the patient has a minor condition when it is a major condition (for example, assuming it is indigestion when it is a heart attack) can be catastrophic.
It is sad but true that errors in hospital Emergency Rooms are a common occurrence. Understaffed hospitals or badly equipped emergency rooms can lead to fatal mistakes.
While the possible types of emergency room errors are endless, the most common Emergency Room errors include:
Injuries caused by the negligence of emergency room staff include:
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You can also call us at 216-777-8856 if you prefer.
You will likely not speak to us immediately, but will schedule a phone or in-person meeting. Why? Because we’re busy working on the important cases other families have entrusted to us. Just like we would not constantly take phone calls when we’re entrusted to work on your case.
You should also gather all the records and papers you have from the medical providers, go back and look for dates, names, and events that happened, and otherwise prepare to discuss the case. We’ll have a meeting and, if it seems like a case we’d be a good fit for, we’ll move into an investigation phase.
Once we’ve investigated, we’ll candidly tell you what we think about what happened, whether the medical provider is to blame, and what we think about the strength of the case.
Fair warning: we only take on clients whose cases we believe have very strong merits. We’re not lazy—the cases are still very complex, difficult, and expensive—but the risk to your family of being drawn into a difficult process with little chance of a positive outcome is not something we do.
Which means when we do take on a case, our reputation tells the other side this is a serious case we believe in.
If for whatever reason we do not take on the case, and we think there is some merit to the case, we’ll try and help you find a lawyer who might take it on.