Emergency Room & Hospital Negligence: What to Know if You’re a Victim

Doctors, nurses and others in the medical field have a duty to provide patients with a certain standard of care. The standard may vary somewhat, particularly when it comes to the emergency room where doctors have to make decisions faster than in other medical settings. If you think you are the victim of malpractice, consult an attorney at Ron Meyers & Associates PLLC – 360-459-5600.

Types of Emergency Room Errors

Often, people who require emergency care face critical complications. Quality care is therefore important. But doctors must make quick decisions in emergency settings and in many cases are not afforded the opportunity to consider their care carefully. As such, emergency room doctors and nurses have a bit more leeway regarding what constitutes negligent care.

Nevertheless, emergency room negligence does occur. Some types of negligence in the emergency room include surgical mistakes, EMT/paramedic negligence, failing to provide timely care, diagnosis mistakes and more. An attorney can secure testimony from a medical expert regarding whether the doctor failed to follow a reasonable standard of care.

Types of Hospital Negligence

Types of hospital negligence mirror many emergency room errors. Below are some examples.

  •  Failure to monitor a patient properly
  • Errors in prescribing or administering medication
  • Failure to assist a patient properly in certain activities (like walking to a bathroom, which could lead to a slip and fall injury)
  • Surgery errors
  • Delayed diagnosis or misdiagnosis
  • Administering or suggesting the wrong treatment

A medical expert may provide testimony regarding the care the patient received at the hospital and whether it followed an acceptable standard of care.

Harm Caused by Emergency Room and Hospital Negligence

Patients depend on doctors and nurses in emergency rooms and hospitals to provide the care they need. When they don’t receive proper care, patients are at risk. Depending upon the type of error and negligence, patient harm may include the following.

  • Infection
  • Poor reaction to medication
  • Internal bleeding
  • Stroke
  • Requirement of secondary surgery
  • Development of further complications
  • Death

The list above is not inclusive. The harm that may befall a patient is dependent upon the situation and a doctor or nurse’s negligent actions.

Legal Rights of the Victim

A victim – or the family members of a deceased victim – has legal rights if an injury occurred. Victims of medical malpractice can file a medical malpractice suit (or wrongful death suit) for damages. During a medical malpractice suit, the victim will have to prove that the medical professional acted negligently and that the negligence led to harm.

The personal representative of the deceased may bring a wrongful death lawsuit to benefit the deceased’s family, like a spouse or domestic partner or child. If medical malpractice caused a child’s death, then a parent may file the wrongful death lawsuit.

Damages Available in a Medical Malpractice/Wrongful Death Lawsuit 

If a medical malpractice lawsuit or wrongful death lawsuit is successful, the plaintiff(s) will recover damages. This amount is based on a number of different factors but may include damages for both economic and noneconomic losses. These losses can include financial harm suffered, as well as emotional losses, such as pain and suffering.

Let Ron Meyers & Associates Help You!

Emergency room and hospital negligence causes significant damages and affects thousands of patients every year. If you’re the victim of either and experienced a serious injury or loss of a loved one, get legal help. At Ron Meyers & Associates PLLC, our attorneys want to help you reclaim the damages you deserve. Please call us today to begin: 360-459-5600.