North Carolina Emergency Room Error Lawyers
What to Do If You Were Not Properly Treated in the E.R.
When you go to the emergency room, it’s usually because you are suffering from an injury or symptoms that require immediate, urgent treatment. In many cases, these are life-and-death situations. Unfortunately, this means that an emergency room error can result in grave, even fatal, consequences.
If you or your loved one suffered as a result of E.R. negligence, you may take legal action in the form of a medical malpractice lawsuit against the liable medical professional or hospital. These are highly complex cases, and it’s important that you work with a qualified North Carolina emergency room error lawyer to increase the chance of a favorable outcome.
Reach out to Lanier Law Group today to request a free, confidential consultation. Call (855) 757-4204 to get started.
The Standard Duty of Care for E.R. Doctors, Nurses & Staff
All medical professionals and facilities, including emergency rooms and their staff, are required to abide by a standard duty of care. This is the generally accepted standard for patient treatment; a deviation from this standard could constitute negligence.
However, in the case of E.R. doctors, nurses, and staff, the standard is more lenient. This is due largely to the fact that these individuals work in a high-pressure situation, one in which they must often make snap decisions. Generally speaking, the law typically accepts that there is more room for human error in such situations.
This does not mean negligence doesn’t occur in emergency rooms. If an E.R. doctor, nurse, or staff member fails to act in the way another qualified E.R. professional would have reasonably acted in such a situation, this may be considered negligence. In such cases, emergency room personnel can be held liable for damages.
Examples of Emergency Room Negligence
Some relatively common examples of emergency room negligence and/or errors include:
- Ignoring symptoms
- Premature release
- Failure to hospitalize
- Failure to take a patient’s medical history into account
- Delayed diagnosis
- Failure to diagnose
- Delayed testing and/or treatment
- Failure to perform a complete examination
- Misinterpretation of lab results
- Medication errors
- Emergency surgery errors
If, for example, your loved one went to the emergency room with chest pain, dizziness, and nausea, but the attending physician did not test for a heart attack, the physician will likely be considered negligent, as these are clear and obvious signs of the condition.
Fighting Tirelessly for You
Our North Carolina emergency room error lawyers can conduct an exhaustive investigation into your case to determine if you or your loved one was the victim of E.R. negligence. We understand the law, as well as how to pursue maximum compensation in these types of cases, and we are committed to aggressively advocating for you and your recovery every step of the way.
Lanier Law Group offers free initial consultations, as well as contingency fees. This means there is absolutely zero risk in speaking to an attorney at our firm about your case. With multiple office locations throughout the state, we have the experienced team and available resources to fight for you.