New Jersey Emergency Room Negligence Lawyers

Emergency room errors are preventable, but overcrowding and under-staffing create a hectic environment where it is easy for fatigued professionals to make mistakes. These factors account for the relatively high incidence of emergency room negligence. Despite the high ratio of patients to staff, emergency room doctors and nurses still have a duty of care to every patient that they treat.

 

Strong Advocates for Victims of Emergency Room Mistakes

If you or a loved one has been injured by the negligence of emergency room professionals, you may be entitled to compensation. At Shebell & Shebell, we have been successfully representing injured clients since 1927. We will closely review the facts of your case to determine whether negligence was the cause of your injury. If so, we will work tirelessly to maximize your settlement.

 

“The Golden Hour”

In an emergency room, mere seconds can mean the difference between life and death. Professionals refer to the first hour after a traumatic event as “the golden hour.” According to the literature, if appropriate treatment is received during this hour, the likelihood of a successful recovery is greatly enhanced. When treatment is delayed, the likelihood that it will be effective decreases. In short, the sooner a patient receives treatment, the better their prognosis is. For these reasons, undue delays in emergency treatment may constitute malpractice.

 

Patient Dumping

“Patient dumping” refers to an unethical and illegal practice where hospitals discriminate against patients who cannot prove their ability to pay. When a capable hospital transfers a patient in need of care to another facility, or completely turns them away, this is a form of medical malpractice. Even if you never received treatment, you may still have a claim for malpractice if a hospital failed to treat you, resulting in a worsening of your condition.

Common Emergency Room Errors

 

Some common types of emergency room malpractice include:

  • Misdiagnosis: when doctors and nurses fail to assess a patient’s symptoms and vital signs, this can lead to serious complications. Appendicitis, stroke, ectopic pregnancy, aneurysm and myocardial infarction (heart attack) are among the most commonly missed diagnoses in emergency rooms.
  • Medication errors: when doctors and nurses fail to get a patient’s full medical history, this can lead to the administration of contraindicated drugs, causing an adverse reaction.
  • Testing errors: doctors may fail to order the appropriate tests, or fail to interpret test and lab results correctly (including x-rays). This may lead to misdiagnosis or administration of improper or unnecessary treatment
  • Falls: patients left unattended in a busy emergency room are susceptible to falls, particularly elderly patients or those who are disoriented due to their injury.
  • Delayed treatment: delayed treatment due to busy conditions can have devastating consequences, particularly for patients suffering from a stroke, heart attack, or asthma attack.

 

Responsible Parties

Depending on your situation, there may be multiple parties responsible for your injury. The lawyers at Shebell & Shebell are experienced in reviewing medical records to determine which party or parties is responsible for you injury, including:

  • Physicians
  • Nurses
  • Anesthesiologists
  • The hospital
  • Medical equipment manufacturers
  • Pharmaceutical companies
  • Government entities
  • Other emergency room staff

 

How We Can Help

If you or a loved one has been injured by negligent emergency treatment, you may face sudden physical, emotional and financial hardships. Although seeking legal counsel may not seem like a top priority, statutes of limitation limit the amount of time you have to bring a claim. Victims of malpractice may be entitled to recover current and future medical bills, lost wages, long-term disability, rehabilitation, pain and suffering, loss of consortium, and burial expenses. Speak to an experienced lawyer at Shebell and Shebell about your case today. For a free consultation, call us at 866-957-5237 or contact us online.

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