When an Arizona patient goes to an emergency room, it is with the expectation that he or she will receive whatever treatment is necessary at the moment. Emergency rooms are high-stakes and high-pressure places to work, but doctors and nurses work under the obligation to provide a high quality of care to every person who needs immediate medical attention.
While many emergency rooms do provide quality care, there are times when mistakes happen and patients suffer the consequences. Emergency room errors or a misdiagnosed medical condition can lead to great harm for a person. If you experienced this, you do not have to deal with it on your own, but you may seek guidance regarding the potential legal options available to you.
Medical conditions ER doctors sometimes miss
There are many reasons why a misdiagnosis happens. Whether it is due to the doctor's failure to be thorough or not enough tests run, ER patients often suffer when they do not get the right diagnosis as soon as possible. Some of the most commonly misdiagnosed medical conditions and overlooked symptoms of serious medical conditions include the following:
- Signs and symptoms of heart attacks in women
- Pulmonary embolism
- Chest pain and abdominal pain
- Internal and external bleeding
You may be wondering how a doctor missed seeing the signs that indicated your medical issue or misinterpreted the symptoms you were showing when you went to the emergency room. A few common reasons for these errors include the following:
- Inexperienced doctors
- Misreading of x-rays
- Insufficient testing
- Failure to consider differential diagnoses
No matter why the mistake happened, victims of a medical mistake or misdiagnosis committed by an emergency room doctor do not have to suffer alone. In fact, you could be eligible for compensation through a medical malpractice claim. A mistake in the ER can have life or death consequences, and doctors are accountable for preventable errors.
Should you file a civil claim?
The decision to take legal action after suffering from a mistake made by an ER doctor is not an easy one. The thought of navigating the legal process while dealing with serious injuries or illness can be intimidating, but you do not have to suffer alone.
If you believe that you are the victim of a mistake made by an ER doctor or you believe you are a victim of other types of medical malpractice, you have no time to lose. You would be wise to seek a complete evaluation of your case as soon as possible.