Has Your Emergency Room Visit Resulted In More Harm Than Good?
Emergency rooms are often busy, overcrowded and understaffed. Yet that’s no excuse for medical negligence. The doctors and nurses who work in ERs have a responsibility to give every patient the care and attention they deserve.
At the law firm of Barry D. Lang, M.D. & Associates, we can help you seek accountability and compensation for emergency room negligence. We have doctors and nurses on staff who work hand in hand with our seasoned trial attorneys. Our understanding of the medical and legal issues will give you a leg up in pursuing a successful outcome.
A Timely Consultation Is Critical
When you go to an emergency room, you should receive a thorough medical evaluation to get the treatment you need. Emergency room physicians don’t always have the necessary level of expertise. If they’re not able to diagnose or treat the issue, they may need to involve a specialist. Failure to do so can result in devastating complications.
When Serious Conditions Go Overlooked
Misdiagnosis — and missed diagnosis — are far too common in emergency rooms, especially when it comes to serious conditions such as:
- Heart attacks: Doctors sometimes write off symptoms of a heart attack as a benign problem such as heartburn. When they don’t look into it further or conduct the right tests, patients end up going home only to collapse from cardiac arrest.
- Strokes: A timely diagnosis is critical for treating a stroke. Delays can result in permanent damage or death.
- Brain injuries: Even minor accidents can cause significant brain damage. The symptoms may be subtle — such as memory loss, behavioral changes and personality shifts. A full work-up is essential for assessing the extent of the damage.
- Infections: Infections require prompt treatment, especially in patients with fragile health. An untreated infection can quickly become systemic, and once sepsis sets in, the patient’s life may be on the line.
- Fractures: Orthopedic doctors are trained to diagnose and treat broken bones. A missed diagnosis of a fracture may lead to complications that last a lifetime. Likewise, fractures that aren’t properly set can result in additional surgeries, a lengthy recovery period or even permanent disability.
The Proper Use Of X-Rays
X-rays are critical for diagnosing certain conditions such as tumors, fractures and the like. However, sometimes X-rays get mislabeled or misread. Or an important finding might not get reported to your doctor. Any of these mistakes can lead to costly delays in treatment.
On the other hand, excessive use of X-rays may cause disfiguring burns or internal scarring. Technological problems with the machine itself can also lead to serious injuries.
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Based in the Boston area, we represent patients across Massachusetts. We also help those who have tragically lost loved ones due to medical errors.