The emergency room is an inherently chaotic environment, and doctors and other medical staff who work in emergency rooms have the immense task of handling severe illnesses and injuries as quickly as possible when patients and ambulances arrive. Despite the chaotic nature of most emergency rooms, the medical professionals who work in them still have a duty to treat their patients in a timely and appropriate manner and meet the standard of care for each patient’s condition.
When an emergency room error happens in New York City and causes injuries, contact Sullivan, Papain, Block, McGrath & Cannavo, P.C., to schedule a free consultation with a medical malpractice attorney.
Any type of medical malpractice claim can become very complicated very quickly, and this is even more likely with emergency room error cases. The average claimant will not have the time, energy, or money to handle a legal claim without representation while recovering from an emergency room error. Hiring an attorney not only increases the claimant’s chances of success with an emergency room error claim but will also likely increase the amount of compensation the claimant receives from the claim.
All medical malpractice lawsuits hinge on the concept of the standard of care, or the acceptable level and type of treatment a patient’s condition needs. Different medical professionals have different standards of care. For example, the standard of care for a specialist is likely much higher for a specific patient’s condition than an emergency room doctor’s responsibility for timely, stabilizing treatments.
Emergency room personnel are there to provide life-saving medical interventions and to stabilize patients with acute illnesses and injuries. In most medical malpractice claims for emergency room errors, plaintiffs rely on expert witness testimony that can provide insight into emergency medicine to determine standard of care violations and whether an emergency room doctor acted appropriately for a given situation.
When a medical professional violates the standard of care for a patient and causes harm, that medical professional commits medical malpractice and faces liability for the patient’s resulting damages. An emergency room error could lead to extensive medical bills for corrective treatment, lost income from time spent in recovery, pain and suffering, and any other damages resulting from the negligence in question.
A plaintiff’s attorney must be able to provide evidence that an official doctor-patient relationship existed between the plaintiff and the defendant, the defendant in the claim violated the standard of care for the plaintiff’s condition, and the violation directly resulted in the plaintiff’s claimed damages. Contact Sullivan, Papain, Block, McGrath & Cannavo, P.C., today to schedule a case evaluation for a recent emergency room error that caused an injury. Once we know the details of your claim, we can help you understand your legal options.