Typically, people do not visit the Emergency Room for a small issue like a cut or a bruise. The nature of an emergency is that it is a sudden, life-threatening condition that must be addressed immediately. Not only is time of the essence, but lives are often at stake. If mistakes are made, they can be deadly.
Expectations of Emergency Medical Care
The Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act (EMTALA), passed by Congress in 1986, set in place certain responsibilities for emergency room facilities that consent to take Medicare payments. In particular, this law requires emergency rooms to strive to stabilize patients whether or not they are able to pay, or have citizenship or legal status. Emergency rooms should not “dump” or transfer patients until their emergency medical needs have been stabilized.
Emergency Room Acceptable Standards of Care
In addition to the parameters of this law, emergency room doctors and other medical professionals are expected to adhere to acceptable standards of care for patients who entrust them with their health and lives, as is true of any physician.
If you believe that your health was put at risk because of an emergency room error in Santa Rosa or in any nearby community in California, contact Teal & Montgomery. Did you experience pain, suffering, expense, a worsened condition or death of a family member because of negligence or misdiagnosis in a Santa Rosa hospital emergency room?
Contact an experienced Emergency Room Error Attorney at 707-525-1212 today to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced plaintiff’s lawyers to discuss your case.
Were you turned away from the ER despite the fact that you presented yourself with a life-threatening medical emergency?
Was triage handled ineffectively, resulting in your placement farther down the list of priority cases than your condition warranted — thus resulting in a heart attack, stroke or other negative outcome that could have been avoided with prompt treatment?
Did intake nurses fail to diagnose your impending or in-progress heart attack, stroke or breathing emergency in time to avert a worse medical disaster?
Some common emergency room errors are:
- Inadequate staffing or understaffing
- Insufficient training of admitting personnel
- Below standard patient tracking, or “triage”
- Medication mistakes
- Unsanitary facilities
- Insufficient diagnostic tools
- Patient “dumping”
Their Mistake – Your Loss
You may now face additional expenses because emergency room doctors or nurses made a serious mistake. You will have medical bills for additional surgery, for an additional hospital stay and for therapy afterward. You may have income loss due to additional time off work. Your family may experience hardship due to travel expenses related to the surgery.
Contact a California Delayed Diagnosis Attorney
Bring your ER story to our attention at Teal & Montgomery. Our team of dedicated, skilled personal injury and medical malpractice attorneys includes a doctor who is also a lawyer. The law firm of Teal & Montgomery is prepared to initiate an investigation into the truth behind the emergency room mistake. We have years of experience preparing compelling arguments in support of our clients’ Santa Rosa emergency room error claims.
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