While those who are facing a health emergency seek ER care in hopes of quick and effective treatment, the truth is that many emergency room errors occur every year on Long Island and across the United States.
While some emergency room errors may be minor and have no long-term implications, many are serious, and in some cases, even deadly. The following considers some of the most common types of emergency room errors. If you have been harmed, a Long Island medical malpractice lawyer from the Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP, can help.
Misdiagnosis refers to a health care professional’s failure to properly diagnose a condition a patient is suffering. Misdiagnosis can be dangerous for two primary reasons:
According to an article in The Wall Street Journal, strokes and heart attacks are among the most common misdiagnoses.
When a medication error is made, a patient can suffer greatly. A medication error may include the following:
The National Coordinating Council for Medication Error Reporting and Prevention states that a medication error is “any preventable event that may cause or lead to inappropriate medication use or patient harm while the medication is in control of the health care professional, patient, or consumer.”
Improper management is one of the most common types of emergency room errors. Improper management may refer to a wide breadth of issues, including:
Improper management may mean that a patient does not receive timely care when he or she is suffering from an emergency health problem, that the patient receives the wrong type of care, and, ultimately, that the patient experiences an adverse event due to improper management of his or her case.
Emergency room errors may be the fault of multiple parties. While an individual nurse or doctor may make an error, the error may not have occurred but for emergency room policies and practices, such as an inadequate staff-to-patient ratio. When an emergency room error has harmed you, a medical malpractice attorney can help you to explore liability and file an appropriate claim.
At the Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP, our Long Island medical malpractice lawyers can work with you to file your claim in a timely manner, and will represent you during every step of the process. To schedule your free case consultation with our experienced lawyers today, use our online form to contact us now.