Emergency Room Mistakes And Misdiagnoses

Minnesota Emergency room medical malpractice

Emergency rooms are notoriously hectic and fast paced treatment facilities.  Doctors working in an emergency room setting must be capable of prioritizing patients based upon their injuries and symptoms and often may be forced to diagnose and treat a patient without the benefit of being able to review the patient’s medical history.  This demanding work environment unfortunately can lead to errors in treatment with devastating consequences for the patient.

Failure to Diagnose Emergency Room

One of the most common errors in emergency room negligence cases is failure to properly diagnose the patient correctly.  Regardless of how busy the emergency room is, procedures and protocols should be put in place to properly handle patient flow and employment staffing.  Some more common emergency room misdiagnoses include:

  • Failure to diagnose stroke;
  • Failure to diagnose heart attack;
  • Discharging the patient before he is stable;
  • Failure to diagnose appendicitis

Delayed treatment due to long wait time

When you are experiencing a medical emergency, timing is of the essence.  A delay in treatment can have serious implications which could cause serious injury and even death.  There is no excuse for an emergency room being understaffed.

Sadly, emergency room wait times have been increasing.  In the U.S., the average emergency room wait time is approximately 6 hours and that over 400,000 patients waited a shocking 24 hours before receiving treatment.

If the injuries or harm done to you or your loved one were exacerbated because you had to wait too long to be seen by an emergency room doctor, you should contact a Minnesota Emergency Room Medical Malpractice lawyer immediately.  Emergency rooms should have proper triage procedures in place to make sure that those with the most serious injuries and illnesses are treated in a timely manner.

Victims of Emergency Room Mistakes

If you or a loved one has been the victim of an emergency room error resulting in significant injury or death, contact us today to discuss the facts of your case at (612) 349-2747.   We are a Minnesota Medical Malpractice law firm that handles Emergency Room Error, mistake and delayed diagnosis treatment.  Our consultation is free and if we accept your case, we will do so on a contingency fee basis which means you will not pay any attorney fees unless a recovery is made on your behalf.