A modern emergency room is equipped to provide emergency medical treatment to individuals with a variety of conditions. People visit the emergency room for the treatment of serious injuries or if they become suddenly ill, and justifiably expect to receive treatment that improves their condition. Unfortunately, in some cases, emergency room physicians and staff fail to conduct themselves with the appropriate degree of care, resulting in preventable injuries to patients.
Medical malpractice is a type of professional negligence that is defined by Florida law as the failure to exercise that level of care, skill, and treatment which, in light of all relevant surrounding circumstances, is recognized as acceptable by reasonably prudent similar health care providers. Some of the more common types of medical malpractice that occur in emergency department are discussed below. For specific advice regarding your case, call a Clearwater medical malpractice attorney today.
People who visit the emergency room do so because they require treatment for a medical emergency such as an injury or sudden illness. An unreasonable delay in receiving treatment caused by the negligence of hospital staff can devastating consequences for patients. Whether a delay in treatment is reasonable depends on a number of factors, and not everyone that waits to receive treatment will have a legal claim.
Another common error made by emergency department staff is performing the wrong procedure on a patient. When this occurs, victims can be left with serious medical problems that may be permanent. This can occur both from injury from the treatment received or the fact that the condition for which they sought treatment was not addressed.
Many emergency department patients require emergency surgery for their injuries or medical conditions. Errors made during surgery can be extremely harmful and leave victims with significant medical problems. Common examples of surgical errors include the following:
Whether a surgical error rises to the level of medical malpractice is complicated issue that requires comparing a medical professional’s actions with the actions that would be expected of a reasonably prudent health care provider. For this reason, determining whether medical malpractice may have occurred requires a basic understanding of the accepted standard of care within the medical profession. Anyone who has been injured by a surgical mistake should talk to an experienced lawyer immediately.
If you believe that you were the victim of medical malpractice during a visit to an emergency room, you should talk to an experienced attorney as soon as possible. Attorney Paul Genet has been helping people that have been injured by the negligence of others since 1988 and is committed to securing the largest settlement or award possible for each client he takes. To schedule a free consultation with an experienced Clearwater emergency room medical malpractice attorney, call our office today at 727-538-8865.
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