Emergency Room Errors in South Florida
Emergency medicine is a unique area of practice because of the wide range
of conditions that are dealt with in the ER. The job of the emergency
room physician involves more than just the evaluation and treatment of
trauma and sudden illness.
Many chronic or long-standing conditions can become emergent and require
rapid and appropriate attention. Emergency rooms are often some of the
busiest, poorly staffed, and overworked areas of hospitals. It has been
estimated that half of the people who die each year from
medical malpractice are killed as a result of emergency room errors.
Common emergency room issues include the improper diagnosis and treatment
of conditions such as:
- Heart attacks
Improper responses to trauma and acute injury are also sources of emergency
room errors that
our Fort Lauderdale medical malpractice attorneys are prepared to address in court.
Inadequate Response to a Stroke
Strokes most commonly come in two varieties:
- Thrombotic (a clot)
- Hemorrhagic (bleeding)
Both are usually diagnosable with a prompt CT scan and are usually treatable
once diagnosed. However, both varieties require a very rapid response,
and in some cases the treatment is not beneficial after a set time period.
Too often, stroke patients are either made to wait long periods or are
misdiagnosed and discharged.
If you were misdiagnosed or prematurely discharged, you may have cause
to file a lawsuit. Speak to a Fort Lauderdale medical malpractice lawyer
at our office to learn more.
The consultation is free.
See How We've Helped Other Patients!
An example of an emergency medicine case handled by our attorneys at Kelley/Uustal
is the case of a boy who came to the emergency room because he suffered
a stroke following a head injury. The facility wanted to transfer him
to another hospital because the boy's family didn't have private
insurance. A dispute arose between the doctors at the two facilities,
but no doctor would treat the boy - the facilities blamed each other for
not intervening. The boy was left in a wheelchair for life. A
$7 million recovery was made on behalf of the boy and his family.
Contact our Fort Lauderdale medical malpractice team if you or a member of your family was inadequately treated at an emergency
room in South Florida. We are here to help you recover compensation for
your pain and suffering.