Roughly 225,000 people die every year due to medical malpractice related injuries and almost half of these deaths are from ER errors.
Furthermore, here are some examples of emergency room errors that have gone wrong—and lead to medical malpractice cases.
- Medication Error – Failure to administer antibiotics to a patient with a fracture.
Emergency rooms see patients who come in with broken bones and fractures daily. These are very common injuries and are often treated pretty easily. However, the biggest concern health care providers have for these patients is preventing infections. As a result, physicians prescribe antibiotics to prevent infections. But, sadly this is where many medical provides also go wrong and make a mistake.
- Treatment Error – Failure to provide the right airways for patients.
Securing and establishing an airway should be the first step performed by all emergency rooms. However, this step—while it seems obvious to most medical providers—also involves special equipment, such as a bag and mask or a nasal or oral tracheal intubation. Since many emergency rooms are understaffed, there may be a shortage of this equipment or it may not be properly set up, resulting in patient harm or even death.
Emergency rooms can be scary—but medical malpractice can even scarier. If you think you have been the victim of an emergency room error or you think you have a medical malpractice claim, then don’t hesitate to contact a medical malpractice attorney Jacksonville Florida.
Call the attorneys at Hardesty, Tyde, Green, Ashton & Clifton at (904) 414-4906 to find out your legal options. We offer free case evaluations. Call us today to see how we can help you.