How Common Are Emergency Room Errors?

How Common Are Emergency Room Errors?

Posted By Maher Law Firm || 5-Jan-2018

Each year, more than 100 million people visit the ER, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Furthermore, it is estimated that around 5-10% of all emergency room visits experience a medical error. This means there are millions of emergency room mistakes occurring every year in the U.S., putting patients at risk for serious injuries and life-threatening conditions. Medical professionals, including doctors, nurses, and surgeons, owe a duty of care to patients to provide accurate and effective treatment. If they fail, and you suffer injuries as a result, you can fight for justice in a medical malpractice lawsuit.

What are some common types of emergency room errors?

  • Medication errors (improper dosage or wrong medication)
  • Misdiagnosis (failure to diagnose a serious condition, such as a stroke or heart attack)
  • Delayed treatment (not treating a patient in a timely manner, causing the condition to worsen)
  • Improper treatment (performing the wrong procedure or using incorrect methods)

Communication is important between you and your doctor. Thus, you should be open and upfront about any symptoms you are suffering, or any health history concerns you have. The medical staff should also provide detailed discharge information to you before you leave, and you should ask questions and make sure you are getting accurate treatment.

Holding Healthcare Providers Responsible Since 1969

For nearly 50 years, The Maher Law Firm has represented hundreds of injured clients. If you have been injured by an emergency room error or another medical mistake, we can provide efficient legal services as you seek to hold the healthcare provider accountable. Our Orlando personal injury attorneys will answer your questions and keep you informed every step of the way.

Contact us today to schedule a free initial consultation. We offer Spanish speaking services for your convenience.

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