As emergency rooms have become a source of primary care for many people without insurance, understaffing and ineffective prioritizing of patients’ needs have become major problems. Unfortunately, mistakes made by inexperienced or inattentive medical staff can have major consequences for patients.
At the Law Offices of Charles N. Rock, our Kingston emergency room errors lawyer will pursue claims against negligent hospitals and doctors. Don’t hesitate to contact us to schedule a free consultation with New York emergency room error attorney Charles Rock. You will not pay a fee unless we help you obtain restitution.
Did Emergency Room Staff Follow the Correct Procedures?
Emergency room doctors and staff are responsible for accurately identifying and treating emergency medical conditions. These medical professionals are specifically trained in quickly and effectively diagnosing life-threatening conditions such as the following:
- Injury complications
- Heart attacks and strokes
The first step in the emergency room process is called triage. At this stage, trained nurses evaluate patients and assign them priority for treatment. Doctors then follow a procedure called differential diagnosis in order to confirm or rule out possible diagnoses in order of seriousness.
Patients are free to refuse treatments recommended by emergency room staff, but if they do so against medical advice, they should be fully informed of what could happen and asked to sign a disclaimer.
Were You Harmed by a Delay in Treatment?
If these procedures are not followed correctly, patients may end up not receiving treatment in time to avoid serious and potentially fatal consequences. A doctor’s failure to read an EKG or other test result carefully enough may also constitute malpractice.
Medical Malpractice Attorney Charles Rock comes from a family of doctors and understands the importance of responsible medical care. He and our firm are dedicated to pursuing fair compensation for the victims of emergency room errors. If you’ve been harmed by emergency room negligence, contact us today to discuss your options. Serving Newburgh, New Paltz, Kingston, Middletown, New Windsor, and Poughkeepsie, NY.