Emergency Room Errors Attorney in Pittsburgh, PA
Skilled Medical Malpractice Attorneys Seeking Compensation for Victims of Malpractice Throughout Western Pennsylvania
A visit to nearly any emergency room in the country will reveal the chaotic nature of most emergency room environments. It’s easy to sympathize with the difficulties that emergency room doctors and nurses face in providing patient care. Doctors, nurses, and other professionals are seemingly always on the move, taking on a variety of tasks while lives hang in the balance.
Still, emergency room health care professionals must be held liable for acting negligently in the provision of care. Stress does not justify incompetence or shortcuts that could result in serious injuries. The blame does not exclusively lie with emergency room staff, of course. Hospitals often keep emergency rooms understaffed or otherwise fail to implement policies that lighten the burden on employees. Hospitals must be held accountable, particularly when so many emergency room risks result from their cost-cutting measures.
If you were injured due to errors caused by the negligent activities of emergency room staff, you may be able to recover damages to compensate you for your injuries. Contact our Pittsburgh law firm today to set up a free consultation with one of our medical malpractice attorneys. Berger & Lagnese, LLC, is here to help.
Proving Medical Malpractice in the Emergency Room Setting
To win your emergency room error medical malpractice lawsuit, you’ll have to prove that:
- a relationship existed between you and the negligent healthcare professional
- the emergency room error was the result of negligent behavior by the healthcare professional
- you were harmed as a result of the negligent error
Each of these elements requires evidence that sufficiently establishes proof.
The standard of care for emergency room medical malpractice is generally lower than in most other healthcare circumstances. In other words, emergency room doctors are not expected to demonstrate the same level of competence as they would in a different, less stressful environment. This can make emergency room error medical malpractice claims more difficult to win. You’ll want to work with a medical malpractice attorney at Berger & Lagnese, LLC, who has experience litigating emergency room errors and is knowledgeable about how to best approach the issues.
Common Errors in the Emergency Room
In the emergency room environment, common emergency room errors include:
- Failure to diagnose or misdiagnosis
- Improper administration of medication, from dosage mistakes to unsafe delivery of medication
- Poor hygiene in the emergency room environment that leads to infection
- Excessive delay in treatment of severe injuries, which can worsen an injury
- Failing to properly assess a patient’s health condition prior to discharge
Contact Our Pittsburgh Law Firm Today
Emergency room errors are not simple medical malpractice claims to litigate in the state of Pennsylvania. The standard of care for treating physicians (and other healthcare professionals) is lower in the emergency room environment. Further, jury sympathies often lie with the professional.
To maximize your chance of success in your medical malpractice lawsuit, you should consult with the attorneys at Berger & Lagnese, LLC, who have nearly three decades of medical malpractice litigation experience to draw on.
In one recent case of ours, the emergency room doctors failed to diagnose meningitis in a four-month-old girl. This failure caused a delay in treatment that resulted in severe brain damage and cerebral palsy. We obtained a favorable settlement for the girl, ensuring that she will receive the funds necessary to pay for around-the-clock care.
To setup, a free consultation with one of our medical malpractice attorneys, call Berger & Lagnese, LLC, at 412-471-4300 or submit a claim through our online contact form.