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When emergency room errors cause additional health emergencies

When a Florida resident or tourist visits an emergency room, he or she likely assumes that the care received will meet acceptable quality standards. While most emergency rooms do treat patients well and offer accurate diagnoses and treatment plans, there are times that mistakes are made. Emergency room errors can lead to additional health problems and serious effects for victims.

If you visited an emergency room and received an incorrect diagnosis or suffered because of an error committed by a health care professional, you have rights. You may be able to seek rightful compensation through a medical malpractice claim, yet you do not have to walk through the complex legal claims process alone.

Common errors that lead to patient harm

Emergency rooms are high-stakes and high-pressure places to work. Doctors and nurses may face an extreme amount of pressure to treat patients quickly, which can ultimately lead to an inaccurate diagnosis and further physical suffering. Some of the most common types of emergency room errors and misdiagnosed symptoms include the following:

  • Heart attack symptoms in women
  • Abdominal pain
  • Misreading of x-rays and tests
  • Symptoms of gastrointestinal distress, such as rectal bleeding

While emergency rooms can be difficult places in which to practice medicine, you have the right to expect quality care. There are many reasons why ER errors happen, and they often relate to the following:

  • High patient volume
  • Insufficient staffing
  • Misreading of charts
  • Inexperienced staff or attending physicians
  • Lack of differential diagnoses

If you suffered because you received the wrong treatment, received a misdiagnosis or the doctor did not properly diagnose your condition, you have the right to take legal action. Through a medical malpractice claim, you can fight for the compensation you deserve to help you recover your financial losses and deal with your future medical needs.

The aftermath of a bad ER experience

It's frustrating when you experience physical, emotional or financial harm because of a bad experience in the emergency room. While this is an overwhelming experience, you can hold liable parties accountable for negligence. No matter the details of your individual case, you have the right to seek an explanation of your legal options.

After a misdiagnosed medical condition or other type of malpractice, one of the most beneficial first steps you can take is to seek an evaluation of your case. This can help you understand more about your choices and help you move forward with the most appropriate option for your situation.

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  1. RATED BY Super Lawyers | Clifford C. Higby | Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.
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  4. Florida Justice Association The Florida Justice Association is dedicated to strengthening and upholding Florida's civil justice system and protecting the rights of Florida's citizens and consumers.
  5. The Florida Bar 1950 | Mr. Higby was the former Chairman of the Trial Lawyer’s Section of The Florida Bar The Florida Bar is the integrated bar association for the state of Florida. Its duties include the regulation and discipline of attorneys. Mr. Higby was the former Chairman of the Trial Lawyer’s Section of The Florida Bar.
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