Understanding Emergency Room Malpractice

Posted by Richard P. Hastings | May 19, 2015 | 0 Comments

Understanding Emergency Room Malpractice – Medical Malpractice Lawyer

If you or a family member has been injured by emergency room malpractice in Connecticut, we can assist with your claim. Our medical malpractice attorney coordinates the advance of all costs for your case including hiring experts to solidify your emergency room malpractice claim. Upon conclusion, we reimbursed the costs out of the awarded compensation. If the emergency room malpractice claim is unsuccessful, you do not owe anything for the costs and expenses of your case, which we incur. All medical malpractice cases are handled on a contingency fee basis, which means you do not pay us until we recover money for you.

1. What is Emergency room malpractice and How Does It Happen?

Emergency room malpractice errors occur when a person goes to an emergency room and rather than receiving appropriate treatment the patient instead becomes the victim of hospital malpractice or doctor malpractice and leaves the hospital with additional and more complicated medical problems. The acceptable standard of care in an emergency room setting includes the responsibility to identify the medical condition and/or problem and then to take the appropriate corrective action.

2. What Are Some Common Examples of Emergency room malpractice Errors:

  • Failure to properly diagnose a serious medical condition
  • Failure to treat a serious medical condition
  • Untimely diagnosis of a serious medical condition
  • Untimely treatment of a serious medical condition, such as stoke or embolism, blood clot or heart attack
  • Failure to obtain informed consent for a medical procedure
  • Miscoding or misinterpreting a diagnostic test such as an x-ray, CT scan or MRI

3. How is Liability Determined in Emergency room malpractice?

The main question in emergency room malpractice cases is how a “reasonable person” would be expected to act under the circumstances that caused the emergency room malpractice injury. A person is negligent if he or she fails to act like a “reasonable person”. Whether a given person has met the “reasonable person standard” is usually a factual finding that is decided by a jury after the presentation of evidence and argument at trial. This is a major reason why contacting us as soon as possible is important–so we can start to investigate and develop your emergency room malpractice case.

4. What Compensation Might I Receive If My Emergency room malpractice Claim is Successful?

Usually, if an emergent care provider is liable for an injury–which generally means its liability insurance carrier—they must pay an injured person for:

  • Past and future medical care and related expenses
  • Past and future income lost because of the accident
  • Permanent physical disability or disfigurement
  • Loss of family, social, and educational experiences
  • Emotional damage such as stress, embarrassment, depression, or strains on family relationships
  • Punitive Damages (In Extraordinary Emergency room malpractice Cases)

You will be awarded “damages” for your emergency room malpractice injuries. “Damages” is money mainly intended to restore you to the position you were in before your injury. This money is not considered income (excluding monies paid for loss of income) and is not taxable as income by the federal or state government.

5. What Are Some Complications That Can Result From Emergency room malpractice?

The injuries sustained by victims of emergency room malpractice are quite diverse and can range from stroke to paralysis to coma and even death.

6. What Should I Do If I Have Been The Victim Of Emergency room malpractice?

If you are the victim of emergency room malpractice, you should contact us immediately. We will work with you to review the facts of your case and if it appears you have a winnable case, we will coordinate obtaining your medical records for physician review.

7. Why Should I Hire Hastings, Cohan and Walsh, LLP to Represent Me?

Because our Connecticut medical malpractice lawyers are enthusiastic about our work and have decades of experience in consulting emergency room malpractice claims. Before you hire a lawyer, speak to an insurance adjuster, or sign any paperwork regarding your emergency room malpractice claim, order a copy of our free book “The Crash Course on Personal Injury Claims in Connecticut.”

We serve clients in Danbury, Stamford, Waterbury, Bridgeport, New Haven and throughout the state of Connecticut. Call us toll free 888-244-5480 or visit our website; www.hcwlaw.com

About the Author

Richard P. Hastings

Attorney Hastings concentrates his practice on personal injury and litigation. Devoted to helping those who have suffered some type of wrong, Richard P. Hastings concentrates his law practice on personal injury law.


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