Connecticut Emergency Room Error Attorney
Understanding Emergency Room Errors
Emergency rooms are high-stress environments in which nurses and doctors
must make snap decisions with potentially life-altering consequences.
As such, ER doctors and nurses are held to a different standard of care
than many other medical professionals. The law recognizes that mistakes
are more likely to happen in emergency room settings—but that does
not mean ER doctors and nurses are excused from providing patients with
an acceptable level of care.
Unfortunately, emergency room errors are fairly common, and the consequences
can be devastating. If you believe that you or your loved one failed to
receive proper care in the ER, including being sent home only to experience
worsened symptoms, you could have grounds for a
medical malpractice claim.
At RisCassi & Davis, P.C., we have been helping injured victims and
the families of those wrongfully killed since 1955 and have secured tens
of millions of dollars for our clients in our decades in practice. We
are committed to using our experience, resources, skill, and the expertise
of our seven National Board of Trial Advocacy Board Certified Civil Trial
Law Advocates to pursue justice on your behalf.
There are no attorneys’ fees unless we win your case;
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(860) 245-2412 to request a free, no-obligation consultation.
Examples of Common Emergency Room Errors
As previously mentioned, ER
doctors and nurses are held to a different standard of care than other medical providers.
This makes it somewhat more difficult to pursue a negligence claim against
an ER facility, but there are certain times in which ER doctors, nurses,
and staff have been clearly negligent. When patients’ lives are
on the line, negligence is never acceptable.
Some common emergency room errors include:
- Failure to diagnose/treat
- Delayed diagnosis
- Delayed treatment
- Early discharge
- Medication mistakes
- Improper blood transfusion
- Failure to administer proper tests
- Improper analysis of test results
- Laboratory errors
- Failure to follow up
- Unsanitary conditions
- X-ray errors
Emergency room doctors and nurses are specifically trained to prioritize
patients, assess patients’ symptoms quickly, and provide quick diagnoses
and treatment for a range of emergency medical conditions. When they fail
in this duty or are otherwise negligent, the consequences for patients
and their families can be devastating—and often fatal.
Premature Discharge Leading to Heart Attack
One of the most common emergency room errors we see occurs when a patient
visits the ER with concerning symptoms—such as pain or tightness
in the chest, difficulty breathing, and weakness/lightheadedness—only
to be diagnosed with a non-serious condition and sent home. Unfortunately,
this often leads to the patient experiencing a
heart attack once they have left the ER, often with deadly results.
Sadly, women are significantly more affected by this issue than men. This
is because women often do not experience chest pain and/or pressure as
a symptom of a heart attack, whereas men frequently do. As a result, women
are more likely to be sent home from the ER with a diagnosis of acid reflux,
a panic attack, anxiety, or some other less-serious condition. Often these
women never even receive a diagnostic test in the ER.
When a patient visits the ER with
any heart attack symptoms, ER personnel is responsible for—at minimum—doing
- Immediately screening the patient, which involves asking the patient about
his or her symptoms and when they began
- Immediately monitoring the patient’s pulse, heart rate, blood pressure,
and temperature, among other vital signs
- Begin immediate electrocardiogram (ECG) heart monitor screening
- Ask about the patient’s medical history, including prior instances
of heart disease and any medications the patient is taking
- Conduct appropriate tests to determine if the patient is experiencing a
heart attack, which may include blood tests, a chest x-ray, an angiogram,
CT scans or MRIs, and more
It is unacceptable for a patient with heart attack symptoms to be sent
home from the emergency room without being properly tested or monitored.
Unfortunately, it can and does happen. If this happened to you or your
loved one, you have the right to seek justice.
Experience You Can Trust
Emergency room error and
hospital malpractice claims are highly complex; it’s important that you have a trusted and experienced
legal team on your side. At RisCassi & Davis, P.C., we have been aggressively
advocating for our clients’ rights for over 65 years. We know what
you are up against, and we have what it takes to go up against medical
professional and large, powerful hospitals and medical facilities. We
believe in fighting for the justice you deserve, and we will tirelessly
pursue the full, fair compensation you are owed for your losses.
We provide our legal services on a contingency fee basis, meaning we do
not charge any out-of-pocket expense or upfront fees. Instead, we only
collect attorneys’ fees if we successfully secure a settlement or
verdict on your behalf. Our team is available to travel anywhere in Connecticut
to meet with you, and we offer weekend and evening appointments upon request.
Talk to a Connecticut emergency room error attorney about your case today;
call RisCassi & Davis, P.C. at
(860) 245-2412 for a free consultation.