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What causes emergency room errors?

If you have to visit a Florida emergency room, you probably assume you will get quality medical care in a timely manner. The ER is a place for patients to go after hours or in emergency situations, and the doctors and nurses who work there must be quick-thinking individuals who can keep up in a fast-paced environment. Sometimes, the nature of working in an ER can lead to mistakes in patient care.

Medical malpractice incidents can happen for many reasons. In the ER, getting the right diagnosis as quickly as possible is critical for the well-being of the patient. Mistakes in the ER often happen because of incorrect diagnoses, which many assume may be due to lack of testing or evaluation.

The real reason for emergency room errors

According to recent studies, the most common reasons for emergency room errors are mistakes with processing. Meaning, the real reason for the majority of medical malpractice incidents and mistakes in emergency room care is due to the processing of information. Cognition problems -- not a lack of technology, testing devices and other tools -- are a significant concern.

If you suffered harm because of a misdiagnosis, lack of appropriate care or delayed diagnosis in an emergency room, the following facts about ER care may be of interest to you:

  • Many medical errors may be the result of doctors processing information about the patient incorrectly, even if all of the information is accurate.
  • Doctors in the ER often have to work in a hurry and with frequent interruptions, which could lead to processing errors.
  • Behind information processing errors, difficulty getting adequate patient information and verifying it is a leading cause of ER errors.

Regardless of the specific reason why your medical malpractice incident occurred, you have the right to seek a full and fair recovery. ER errors are often preventable, and you do not have to suffer from the physical and financial consequences alone.

Victims' rights and interests

Like other types of health care providers, emergency room doctors, nurses and other medical professionals have an obligation to provide care that meets certain standards. If you are dealing with the implications of a medical mistake that occurred due to diagnosis or treatment problem, you may have a case.

A medical malpractice claim may not only allow you to hold the liable parties accountable, but it may allow you to recover losses associated with medical expenses and much more.

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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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