Advocating for Patients Harmed by Hospital and Doctor Mistakes
A 2012 study concluded that emergency room errors are common and that one-third of the adverse events that occurred in ERs are preventable. The study suggested that improvements in the safety climate could prevent numerous mistakes and near misses. Another earlier study found mistakes in almost every aspect of emergency room care and recommended systemic changes to reduce ER errors.
Miami emergency room negligence lawyers at Brais Law Firm consider these statistics unacceptable. You should feel confident that when a medical emergency arises, you can count on the care of experienced doctors in a safe, clean hospital. Our partners have a combined 75 years of experience in medical malpractice cases and because of our dedication and skills, we have recovered close to $40 million in the past four years alone *. We have also earned recognition by such prestigious organizations as Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, Rising Stars, Super Lawyers and Legal Elite. View our Results page to learn more.
The ER Waiting Room
It is true that not every patient who walks into an ER is facing a medical emergency. However, the ER staff should have the experience and training to identify and prioritize the most serious medical emergencies. A main responsibility of a hospital is to develop an effective triage system to evaluate and assign urgency to its patients.
Under triage, a stroke or heart attack victim should be helped immediately. A delay in treatment could result in more severe damage to the brain or heart tissue or the patient’s death.
Even patients who might have to wait a few minutes in a busy ER waiting room should be constantly monitored and attended to so that his or her condition does not deteriorate. Yet, patients often languish in a poorly run ER waiting room.
Nurses’ and Doctors’ Errors
Experienced emergency room personnel make dozens of quick, lifesaving decisions every day. Unfortunately, nurses and doctors who are untrained, inexperienced, unsupervised or tired are prone to making serious errors, especially under the high-pressure conditions of the ER.
Common mistakes include:
- Mixing up patients
- Administering the wrong medication or dosage
- Injecting a drug into an artery instead of a vein
- Confusing tubes when administering hydration, nutrition and medicine
- Infecting patient with an antibiotic-resistant bacteria
- Misdiagnosing the patient’s ailment or injury
- Performing a surgical mistake, such as operating on the wrong body part
- Using too much anesthesia on a patient
- Failing to conduct risk assessment, such as whether the patient was on drugs or recently ate before administering anesthesia
Recover Damages for Emergency Room Errors
Brais Law Firm offers you a free case evaluation so you can learn whether you have a valid medical malpractice claim before a formal decision is made to proceed with statutory pre-suit requirements. Under our contingency plan, you do not pay lawyers’ fees until we recover damages through a verdict or settlement. Our firm’s main office is located in Miami, Florida.