Emergency Room Errors

Any trip to an emergency room can be anxiety filled. Patients come to the ER in need of immediate diagnosis and treatment. Often times, patients present to emergency rooms with life threatening illnesses and injuries. Unfortunately, many emergency rooms in the lowcountry are overcrowded and medical teams are spread thin.

When a patient comes to an emergency room, the first step in receiving proper treatment is to properly triage the patient. This is unfortunately, the first opportunity for emergency room errors to arise. Patients must be quickly evaluated, both for the cause of their illness or injury, but also to determine the  kind of tests they may need. If mistakes are made in determining the severity of the patient’s condition, the proper treatment can be delayed, sometimes making the situation worse.

Emergency room errors also arise when doctors fail to order the correct tests, such as an x-ray, MRI, CT-Scan, or necessary blood tests. When a patient requires testing and the emergency room staff fails to provide it, proper treatment can be delayed, causing further injury or death to the patient.

The Charleston medical malpractice lawyers at the Waggoner Law Firm are familiar with a variety of errors that emergency room staff can make, including:

  • Misdiagnosing patients
  • Failing to order appropriate tests
  • Administering the wrong medication
  • Failing to notice medical bracelets or other allergy alerts
  • Neglecting patients who need immediate care
  • Failing to request proper consultation from another specialty

If you or a loved one has been the victim of negligent medical treatment, contact the Charleston medical malpractice lawyers of the Waggoner Law Firm at (843) 972-0426.

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