Emergency Room Errors
Although the emergency room environment is hectic and rushed, medical professionals are still expected to uphold a high standard of care for their patients. Sometimes, though, negligence by doctors, nurses, and other staff members can lead to serious and debilitating injuries. When an error occurs in an emergency room, the victim may be able to file a lawsuit to recover damages for their injuries. Examples of emergency room errors include:
- Misreading of a chart, x-rays, or test results;
- Failure to diagnose cardiac problems that may lead to a heart attack;
- Surgical errors (botched operation, surgery on the wrong body part, etc.);
- Misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis (most frequently a blood clot, aneurism, appendicitis, stroke or pulmonary embolism);
- Medication errors;
- Postoperative infections caused, unrecognized, or untreated by the facility; and
- Failure to monitor a patient post-treatment.
In Utah, the Legislature has made it so that cases against Emergency Room providers must be proven by a higher standard of evidence than against any other type of health care provider or negligent party. While this law has yet to be challenged, it is subject to some serious constitutional questions. If you are considering a lawsuit against a negligent Emergency Room provider, you need to hire an attorney that not only knows the complex civil procedures associated with medical malpractice law, but who can make the right constitutional arguments to give you the best chance of success at trial.
Utah medical malpractice lawyer Ryan Springer has not only been representing injured patients in medical malpractice cases for over a decade, he is one of Utah’s preeminent constitutional lawyers and can help protect your rights. He has the litigation experience and the medical knowledge to help you win your case, and he understands the challenging and difficult constitutional issues as well. Contact Ryan directly at (801) 502-8735 or by submitting the form below.