Our lawyers are here to help victims of emergency room mistakes. Contact our Oklahoma City-based law firm if you have been adversely affected by an E.R. mistake.
The unfortunate truth is that emergency room misdiagnoses and E.R. mistakes are not uncommon. Any type of medical care administered at the frantic pace of the emergency room is bound to have a higher then normal error level. This, however, does not mean that emergency room mistakes are an acceptable part of medical care. On the contrary; many common E.R. mistakes are completely preventable and may even be considered medical malpractice due to the negligence of an emergency room doctor or nurse.
Due to the higher-than-average number of patients treated in emergency rooms, and the nature of medical emergencies in general, medical mistakes in this particular arena occur frequently, and may include the following: improper diagnosis of a disease or illness; surgical error; and medication errors involving an improper dose, an omission of dose or an incorrect drug. Misdiagnoses and medication errors are especially common in emergency rooms. In 2001 alone, there were 2,063 documented medication errors in emergency rooms across the country, with almost 8% causing personal injury to the patient. Furthermore, it has been estimated that 8% of all heart attack victims are sent home with the wrong diagnosis.
Like any other medical malpractice case, in order to have a valid claim, the emergency room mistake attributed to the injury must be seen as below the standard level of care in the eyes of the law. When dealing with emergency rooms, it must be realized that the standard level of care is seen as below that of many of the other facets of health care to begin with. If you or a loved one has been the victim of an E.R. mistake or emergency room misdiagnosis, you could be entitled to compensation. Contact our experienced attorneys at Oklahoma Legal Center to discuss your situation today. Please fill out our contact form or call us toll free today; we are here to help.