In the United States, 136.3 million visits to hospital emergency departments occur each year. Of these, 40.2 million are injury-related. 16.2 ED visits result in hospital admission every year. 2.1 million people are admitted to critical care annually after an ED visit.
Statistics also show that 27% of patients are seen within fewer than 15 minutes in the emergency room. Additionally, patients have to wait an average of 24 minutes before they can see a physician, physician assistant, or nurse practitioner.
Common Questions about ER Malpractice
Emergency departments in any hospital in New York, and other places, are a high stress environment and people can often be harmed or injured due to errors made by the medical professionals on duty. Here is a look at some of the most common questions about emergency room malpractice:
Q1: Why does emergency room malpractice take place?
A: Emergency room errors often occur due to negligence or wrongdoing on the hospital’s part, including:
- · Failure to properly screen physicians and other ER medical staff
- · Failure to ensure that there is an adequate number of physicians and ER staff at every shift
- · Inadequate training
- · Unsanitary conditions
- · Inadequate equipment and facilities
- · Inadequate procedures for tracking patients
- · Inadequate or improper procedures for keeping records
- · Inadequate or improper procedures for administrating medications
- · Unethical policies, such as discrimination and patient dumping
Q2: What types of ER errors occur?
A: Common types of errors in the emergency room include:
- Failure to get a patient fully evaluated
- Delayed diagnosis
- Failure to diagnose
- Failure to monitor patients
- Delayed treatment
- Lab errors
- Inappropriate or incorrect medications or improper doses
- Failure to provide a patient with full treatment
- Transfusions with contaminated blood
- Patient dumping
- Surgical errors
Q3: What are the common injuries caused by ER malpractice?
A: A wide range of injuries can be caused by errors in the ER, including:
- Second, more serious and harmful occurrence of a misdiagnosed medical incident, such as a stroke or heart attack
- Loss of limbs or organs
- Medication overdose
- Brain injury
- Severe pain
- Adverse reaction to medications
- Permanent disability
- Extended recovery time
Q4: My husband died after being turned away by an emergency room. Is it still medical malpractice since he was provided treatment at the time?
A: In many emergency rooms, there is a policy of discriminating against people who are unable to prove that they can pay for treatment. Both unethical and illegal, this practice is called patient dumping and it is a form of medical malpractice.
Get Legal Help for ER Malpractice in New York
If you or a loved one has been injured due to an ER medical malpractice in New York, you should immediately seek the help of the illustrious medical malpractice attorneys at Rosenberg, Minc, Falkoff, & Wolff of RMFW Law at 212 697 9280.
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