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Medical Malpractice Lawyers for Injured and Sick Patients in Denver, CO
If you are concerned that you may have received inadequate medical treatment in an emergency room, you are not alone. Each year, emergency room errors are to blame for countless injuries and illnesses, with many errors resulting in untimely – and unnecessary – fatalities. Emergency room doctors and medical staff have a legal duty to treat patients with the requisite standard of care. If you received substandard treatment, we can help you seek financial compensation for emergency room negligence.
Common Examples of Emergency Room Negligence
How do you know if your medical condition is the result of medical negligence and not a natural result of the illness or injury that brought you to the emergency room? The truth is that it can often be difficult to tell, and it takes experienced legal and medical advice to understand whether you are entitled to financial compensation. There are numerous types of errors that can support negligence-based claims for compensation, and our lawyers will thoroughly assess your emergency room visit with the help of experienced medical experts to determine if you are entitled to a financial recovery.
Some of the most common examples of emergency room negligence include the following:
- Anesthesia errors
- Emergency medical technician (EMT) and paramedic mistakes
- Failure to diagnose and delayed diagnosis
- Failure to order x-rays, MRIs or other necessary tests
- Failure to seek input from specialists
- Improper administration of medications
- Misdiagnosis (i.e. diagnosing a patient with a condition he or she does not have)
- Nurse and emergency room staff errors
- Premature discharge
- Surgical errors
Failure to diagnose and misdiagnosis are easily the most-common medical errors in the emergency room setting. These errors are dangerous not only because they mean that the patient does not receive critical treatment, but also because they can result in treatment (including surgery and administration of medications) that is unnecessary.
Common Injuries and Illnesses Resulting from Emergency Room Negligence
The consequences of emergency room negligence can be devastating. Illnesses can get worse without prompt treatment, and failure to promptly treat physical injuries can lead to irreversible damage. Some of the most common medical conditions and complications resulting from emergency room negligence include:
- Appendicitis (and ruptured appendix)
- Blood clots and pulmonary embolisms
- Heart attack
- Severe allergic reactions to medications (including anaphylaxis)
- Surgical injuries
- Undiagnosed cancer
What to Do if You Suspect Emergency Room Negligence
If you suspect that you or a loved one may be suffering as a result of emergency room negligence, it is critical that you seek experienced medical attention right away. You should also speak with an attorney as soon as possible to find out if you are entitled to financial compensation for your medical bills, time missed from work, pain and suffering, and other losses. At Levine Law, we can help you understand your legal rights, and if you are not sure where to go for medical treatment we can refer you to a trusted physician.
To speak with a Denver medical malpractice attorney at Levine Law, please call (303) 333-8000 or request an initial consultation online. You can contact us 24/7. Your initial consultation is free and confidential, and you pay nothing unless we win your case.