Emergency Room Mistakes: Why They Happen & Common Errors

Posted By Power Rogers & Smith, P.C. || Jun 21, 2016

Doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals working in emergency rooms are trained to manage multiple patients at a time under a variety of circumstances. Despite this training, however, warnings signs are sometimes missed or policies are neglected, which can cause a patient serious injury.

According to a study published in BMC Emergency Medicine in 2009, 60 percent of all medical errors that occur in emergency rooms are caused by human error, with another 25 percent caused by organizational errors. While some of these errors may only cause temporary impairments, many can lead to permanent, catastrophic injuries.

Some of the most common errors resulting from emergency room mistakes include:

  • Blood transfusion errors, including contaminated blood or wrong blood type
  • Failure to treat or delayed treatment of a condition
  • Misdiagnosis
  • Poor monitoring
  • Procedural errors, including paperwork and lab errors
  • Staff miscommunication
  • Testing mistakes, including ordering the wrong tests, not ordering enough tests, improper testing, and misinterpreting test results

If you or a loved one were injured while in a hospital emergency room, due to one of the above instances or something similar, you may be eligible to pursue a medical malpractice lawsuit.

When investigating a medical malpractice case, it is important to understand what the standard of care is with regard to the specific medical condition and medical professional involved. General emergency room doctors, for example, have a different standard of care applicable to certain diagnosese and tests as compared to a specialist, nursing personnel, or technologists.

When a medical professional makes a mistake that causes you or a loved one to experience suffering serious injury or even death, it’s important to protect your rights. Our medical malpractice attorneys at Power Rogers & Smith, L.L.P. are prepared to investigate your case to determine whether the applicable standard of care was violated. Our Chicago lawyers have decades of experience, and our firm has earned the title of "No. 1 Plaintiff's Law Firm” from Chicago Lawyer magazine for six years in a row in most dollars earned for our clients. Contact us today through our website, or call us at (312) 313-0202 for your free case evaluation.

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