Malpractice in the Emergency Room

Posted on Jul 14, 2016

What's an Emergency Room like?

Doctors and nurses who work in emergency rooms know they can be chaotic...

Patients who have ever been to the emergency room also know they can be chaotic...

That's why doctors and nurses who work in the emergency room have to follow established patient safety rules.  Hospitals in the DC area - DC, MD and VA should all have rules in place for protecting patients, especially when a situation can be life threatening and stressful.   Patients can come into the emergency room with serious potentially life threatening medical issues - like seizures, pulmonary emobolism, respiratory distress, cerebral palsy heart attack, stroke and more. Patients may have suffered severe trauma, fractures, spinal cord injuries and brain injuries in car accidents on the Beltway.   And some patients will have sprained ankles, allergic reactions and back injuries. 

Emergency rooms in DC, Maryland and Virginia have an obligation to treat patients according to the standard of care (by following the applicable patient safety rules).  That usually means ruling out the most serious cause of harm (the condition that could kill or seriously damage the patient) by taking the appropriate history, doing the appropriate screening, ordering the correct lab work or tests, getting a specialist to see the patient or admitting the patient to the hospital.

Any one of these breakdowns, when the proper steps arent followed, can become medical malpractice.   If the hospital care you received fell below the standard of care and you were seriously injured as a result - here are some guidelines that will help you decide if you should see a lawyer about medical mistakes.

Hospital emergency room doctors have to follow the rules just like everyone else in life.  If they don't, and a patient is harmed because of that choice,  that's when malpractice occurs. 

If you or someone you know has been hurt in an emergency room in DC, MD or VA hospital, give our office a call at 202-393-3320. Our attorneys schedule time to talk with people just like you who have been hurt by the medical system, so give us a call today. 

But don't wait - cases like this take time to properly investigate and if you wait too long, we can't help you.