Emergency Room Errors

Emergency Room Errors
emergency room errors

In 2011, 20% of Americans reported at least one visit to the emergency room within the past year.*  Often busy and sometimes understaffed, the emergency room is among the top hospital departments responsible for medical malpractice suits.  The average wait time to see a physician in the ER is 55 minutes.*  Lack of access to a patients’ full medical history may have an exacerbating effect on the rate of medical errors.  Heart attacks, appendicitis and fractures are among the most common conditions  associated with emergency room errors.

The most common types of emergency room errors include:

  • Delayed diagnosis, misdiagnosis, failure to diagnose
  • Delayed or incorrect treatment
  • Failure to fully evaluate or treat a patient’s condition
  • Faulty laboratory tests
  • Contaminated blood transfusions
  • Prescribing wrong medication
  • Failure to monitor a patient

Most Common Emergency Room Errors: Diagnostic Errors in the ER

The largest number of emergency room errors involve misdiagnosis, delayed diagnosis or failure to diagnose. Diagnostic errors can result in delayed treatment or a complete failure to treat a serious medical condition.  Other times, patients receive inappropriate or potentially harmful treatment.  Such errors can result in irreversible damage or even death.  Diagnostic errors may result in the patient not receiving appropriate medical care for serious conditions such as:

  • Heart attack
  • Stroke
  • Pulmonary embolism
  • Appendicitis
  • Pancreatitis

These are just a few examples of the types of medical conditions that may be misdiagnosed. If you or a loved one were misdiagnosed in the emergency room, or were injured as a result of emergency room errors of any sort, you may be entitled to compensation.

Emergency Room Errors Attorneys

Medical malpractice claims involving emergency room errors are one the most common types of lawsuits against doctors and other health care providers. If you or a loved one has been injured because of emergency room errors, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries.  Contact a medical malpractice attorney in Wausau at 715.843.6700.  Our lawyers handle medical malpractice lawsuits in Wausau, Marshfield, Wisconsin Rapids, Merrill, Stevens Point, Minocqua, Rhinelander, Antigo, Shawano, and throughout north central Wisconsin.

*Source:  National Center for Health Statistics, “Health, United States, 2012: With Special Feature on Emergency Care,” retrieved 3/6/2014 from http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/hus/hus12.pdf