Wisconsin Emergency Room
Error Attorneys

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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 patient’s 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.

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.  The most common types of emergency room errors include:

Diagnostic errors may result in the patient not receiving appropriate medical care for serious conditions such as:

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

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