Emergency room doctors and nurses are the first line of treatment for those afflicted with sudden, acute symptoms. However, due to the rushed, chaotic nature of emergency health care, mistakes are common in emergency rooms. The typical emergency room treats hundreds of patients in a 24-hour period. Many of these patients are unable to pay for their treatment, and most require immediate intervention to prevent long-term damage or death. Despite the demands on their time, however, emergency room staff must provide every one of their patients with competent, thorough care. At The Law Office of Robert H. Kleinschmidt, P.C., in Scottsdale, our lawyer works hard to help hold negligent medical professionals accountable and to help you recover the full and fair compensation to which you are entitled.
Overworked Staff, Substandard Care
Emergency room errors have grown increasingly common. At many hospitals, the emergency room is the most overworked, understaffed and undertrained department.
Most indigent patients are processed through the hospital’s emergency room; as a result, emergency departments are not viewed as profitable and receive comparatively little of the hospital’s funding. Without sufficient funding, many emergency rooms rely on outdated equipment operated by personnel who have not been trained in the latest medical developments.
Compensation For The Injured
If you or a loved one has been injured due to errors made by emergency room staff, Phoenix area attorney Robert H. Kleinschmidt is prepared to fight for you. He is an experienced litigator and is knowledgeable about a wide range of emergency room errors, including:
Misdiagnosis — In their rush to process as many patients as quickly as possible, many emergency room doctors conduct only cursory examinations. As a result, serious medical conditions are mistaken for minor problems and left untreated.
Infection — Emergency rooms are high-traffic areas; a steady stream of seriously ill patients flows through the doors every day. If the doctors and nurses are not careful to avoid contamination, patients can be exposed to a bewildering array of dangerous infections.
Medication errors — Nurses responsible for dispensing medications in emergency rooms are frequently sleep-deprived and overworked. A simple oversight can lead to a deadly error or overdose.
Delayed diagnosis — When a patient enters an emergency room, the severity of his or her condition is assessed by a triage nurse. If the nurse fails to recognize the severity of the patient’s symptoms, the patient may be left to sit in the waiting room as the symptoms worsen.
Contact Our Arizona Attorney For A Free Initial Consultation
If your trip to the emergency room left you with debilitating injuries or you lost a beloved spouse or child through the negligence of medical personnel, call 480-951-3949 or contact us online today. Mr. Kleinschmidt will meet with you free of charge to discuss your case.