Emergency Room Errors
Emergency Room Error Attorneys in Chicago
In times of crisis, people depend on emergency rooms for quality medical care. Yet the rapid pace of emergency rooms, coupled with limited staffing, lack of medical records and sometimes poor communication between medical staff, creates an environment that is prone to medical error. At Anesi Ozmon, we know that these mistakes happen far more often than they should. The attorneys at our Chicago firm understand what causes emergency room errors, and we know how to help individuals and their families.
We are experienced medical malpractice litigators. Since our inception in 1955, our firm has developed a reputation as a leader in this complex practice of law. We utilize this knowledge to maximize the recovery for each of our clients. Our attorneys evaluate your case from all angles to ensure we are looking after all of your interests.
Holding Medical Staff and Hospitals Accountable for Emergency Room Malpractice
Individuals entering an emergency room are typically seen by a triage nurse who evaluates the seriousness of their condition. Critical cases are immediately seen by a doctor. Doctors are under pressure to treat patients quickly and must diagnose and treat their patients based on the information they have.
Unfortunately, doctors do not always get the full story because they may not have access to a patient’s medical records or because a vital piece of information was not conveyed. A failure to relay vital signs, properly document all of the symptoms present or communicate relevant information during a shift change can lead to life-threatening complications.
Doctors are responsible for evaluating every patient thoroughly based on the symptoms he or she presents. Individuals complaining of chest pains or severe headaches should not be sent home until the diagnostic testing has been completed to rule out heart attack or stroke. Failure to adequately diagnose these conditions could be emergency room malpractice.
Other possible signs of malpractice may include:
- Improper or incorrect dosage of prescription medication
- Medical misdiagnosis
- Improper triage classification
- Failure to address obvious signs of distress, including organ or respiratory failure
These cases frequently require medical experts to prove that an emergency room error is malpractice. At Anesi Ozmon, we use an extensive network of health care professionals to help you obtain the best recovery possible.