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Common Emergency Room Errors | El Paso Medical Malpractice

Emergency rooms are chaotic, fast-paced environments. Here, nurses and doctors deal with patients in a wide variety of life-threatening situations, patients with serious illnesses, and patients experiencing tremendous levels of pain. In such an environment, medical professionals must make split-second decisions under intensely stressful conditions. Unfortunately, these conditions often lead to medical errors, which can result in injury or even death. If a trip to the emergency room in El Paso injured you, the El Paso medical malpractice lawyers of Carabin Shaw are here to help you move forward. We can provide you with information on the most common emergency room errors. Read on to learn more from our El Paso hospital negligence lawyers.

Incorrect Diagnoses

By far, the most common mistake that happens in emergency rooms is a doctor’s failure to diagnose a patient’s condition accurately. Researchers who analyzed emergency room claims from 2007 to 2013 found that failure to diagnose was present in a full 57% of cases. This number included patients who were not diagnosed, patients who were given the wrong diagnosis, and patients who weren’t given proper diagnostic tests.

Delays in Treatment

On average, patients in American waiting rooms must wait 24 minutes before receiving treatment—although in some states, wait times are much longer. If doctors don't treat patients promptly, injury or death can occur. Additionally, there can be damaging consequences if the medical team improperly triages patients because they assume their symptoms not pressing.

Mistakes With Medication

Another common mistake is medication errors. This type of error covers patients receiving the wrong medicine or the correct medication at an incorrect dose. Medication errors can also include harmful interactions between two prescribed drugs. Some doctors might also prescribe medications that the patient is allergic to due to his or her failure to read the medical history thoroughly. As with other common errors, these kinds of mistakes can be harmful or even fatal.

After El Paso Medical Malpractice, a Lawyer Can Help Now

If you experienced one of the mistakes mentioned above or another form of medical malpractice, you need to hire a qualified attorney to find out your best course of action. You need a personal injury attorney who has years of experience handling medical malpractice claims, trial experience, and a winning track record. You also need an attorney with an unmatched professional reputation and plenty of satisfied client reviews.

Fortunately, the El Paso hospital negligence lawyers of Carabin Shaw meet all of the above criteria and more. We’ve been serving Texans for more than two decades, and we have extensive experience handling, and winning, emergency room malpractice cases for our clients. Our lawyers have a combined 200 years of legal experience and have recovered more than $500 million in compensation for our clients. Finally, the American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys recently ranked Carabin Shaw one of the top ten personal injury firms in the state based on client satisfaction.

If you’re still on the fence, you should know that we offer each new client a no-cost, no-obligation consultation. During this appointment, we'll listen to you and answer any questions you might have about your next steps. Also, our contracts are contingency fee, which means we will not charge you unless we win your case. That means you have absolutely nothing to lose by speaking with a medical malpractice attorney serving El Paso today.

To receive a free consultation with an experienced lawyer about your El Paso medical malpractice claim, call our El Paso office at 915-779-2301 or reach us toll-free at 800-862-1260. Let us help you get the compensation you deserve so you can get your life back on track.

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