Emergency Room Errors
Unfortunately, being treated in an emergency room can pose a real risk to patients, as heart attacks, traumatic brain injuries (TBI), spinal cord injuries, and aortic dissections are commonly misdiagnosed in an emergency room setting. The lawyers from our Pittsburgh law firm can provide you with the legal advice you need to make an educated and informed decision regarding your claim if you or someone you love has suffered as a result of emergency room treatment. You can rest assured that if we take your case, the medical malpractice lawyers at Frischman & Rizza, P.C. will work tirelessly to keep you abreast of your case and protect your rights. Contact our Pittsburgh law office today to schedule a free consultation.
Common Pennsylvania ER Negligence
According to a 2007 press release from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 115 million people are treated in emergency rooms throughout the United States each year. Of these patients, more than two-thirds are discharged from the emergency room the same day. Many emergency rooms are fast-paced, stressful environments with staff shortages and fatigued healthcare providers. As a result, the emergency room is a place where misdiagnosis, medication errors, and other types of medical malpractice can occur frequently. If you believe that you have a legitimate personal injury claim or wrongful death lawsuit against a healthcare provider or hospital because of an emergency room treatment error, we urge you to contact our law firm for a free, no-obligation evaluation of your claim.
Misdiagnosis of Chest Pain in the ER
Many patients visit the emergency room each day complaining of chest pain, which can be caused by a number of non-life-threatening conditions such as a strained muscle or indigestion. However, chest pain can be a sign of a heart attack, an aortic dissection, or a pulmonary embolism. Because of the risk involved with chest pain, it is imperative health care providers undertake all reasonable measures to determine the cause of the patient’s chest pain.
This diagnosis can be easily made by ordering and conducting simple and appropriate tests and ensuring consultations with appropriate medical specialists, if necessary. Tragically, the failure to recognize and confirm that a patient’s symptoms are the result of a life-threatening condition often results in patients being discharged from the hospital without the medical treatment they need. Misdiagnosing a heart attack, aortic dissection, or pulmonary embolism can have disastrous consequences and may result in wrongful death.
Misdiagnosis of Abdominal Pain in the ER
In addition to chest pain, many patients make trips to the emergency room complaining of abdominal pain. This can occur suddenly without any preceding trauma. Sadly, emergency room personnel often misdiagnosis a patient presenting to the emergency room with abdominal pain as suffering from indigestion. However, abdominal pain can be the result of a much more serious and potentially life-threatening condition such as a perforated ulcer, a bowel obstruction, or appendicitis. These conditions require prompt surgical treatment. When there is a misdiagnosis in the emergency room regarding the cause of abdominal pain, the consequences can be catastrophic. As a result, it is essential that emergency room personnel order and correctly interpret the medical tests required to rule out serious and, potentially, life-threatening conditions. If such precautions are not undertaken, and an injury occurs, as a result, the negligent healthcare providers can be held liable for damages. A medical malpractice lawyer from our Pittsburgh law firm, serving Pennsylvania areas such as Greensburg and Cranberry Township, can help protect your rights if you or someone you love has suffered because of an emergency room treatment error.
After trauma from an automobile accident, a tractor-trailer accident, a motorcycle accident, or a construction site fall, an injured victim is often transported to the emergency room to be evaluated and treated. Depending upon the nature of the accident and the person’s symptoms, it is essential that emergency room personnel take action to rule out serious injuries such as spinal cord injuries, brain injuries, fractured bones, internal organ injuries, and brain bleeds (subdural hematomas). In order to evaluate the patient, it is often necessary for the emergency room personnel to order routine radiologic studies including CT scans and MRIs. If these studies are either not ordered or misinterpreted, seriously injured people may be discharged without a correct diagnosis. This can result in a further worsening of the person’s injury or, in certain circumstances, even wrongful death.
Trauma victims face an additional risk when being treated for potentially life-threatening injuries, as often times a patient will have to undergo surgery. Though surgical procedures may be called upon to treat a severe injury in an emergency room, the haste necessitated by the situation does not mean that healthcare providers can relax their standards or act in a negligent manner. Healthcare providers must abide by the standard of care when treating patients, regardless of the situation. If you have suffered injury or someone you love has been killed as a result of a surgical error, a lawyer from our firm, serving Pittsburgh and all other Pennsylvania areas can provide you with sound legal counsel.
Free Evaluation of Your Medical Malpractice Claim
If you or a loved one has suffered an injury while receiving treatment in the emergency room as a result of negligent medical care, including a misdiagnosis or surgical error, our medical malpractice lawyers, serving Pittsburgh and beyond, can protect your rights. To ensure you have the best chance of obtaining the financial compensation you deserve, we strongly advise you seek the legal counsel of an experienced and knowledgeable attorney. To schedule a free, no-obligation consultation and case review in the Greater Pittsburgh area, contact Frischman & Rizza, P.C. today.