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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
  • Strokes
  • Infection

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.

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