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Common Emergency Room Mistakes

When you enter an emergency room, you have a reasonable expectation that the doctors and nurses caring for you will correctly diagnose and treat your health emergency. You do not expect to be further injured during your care. Unfortunately, the pressure, long hours and unending stream of patients shouldered by emergency room workers can lead to emergency room errors.

Many of these errors are preventable and avoidable. Some of the most common medical mistakes occurring in emergency rooms include:

  • Misdiagnosis
  • Medication errors
  • Failure to admit
  • Failure to monitor patient’s condition
  • Failure to order appropriate tests
  • Improper interpretation of test results

When a medical error occurs, you may be left suffering from an aggravated medical condition and the necessity for further treatment. The error may be debilitating, resulting in certain physical impairments or limitations. Even though emergency room workers are performing under unusually stressful circumstances, these professionals still have a responsibility to provide you with proper care. If you are injured as a result of carelessness in the emergency room, you may be entitled to compensation. The emergency room workers responsible for your injury should be held accountable for their negligent actions.

If you have been injured because of an emergency room error in Pennsylvania, please contact the experienced medical malpractice attorneys in Lancaster, PA at Atlee Hall, LLP to schedule a free initial consultation.