Emergency Room Mistakes Lawyer Pittsburgh, PA
Pennsylvania Medical Malpractice Attorneys Represent Clients Injured Due to ER Errors in Allegheny County and Westmoreland County, PA
Everyday — throughout the United States, including Pennsylvania — busy and stressful emergency room environments give rise to potential medical malpractice claims. According to a study archived by the National Institute of Health (NIH), roughly 21 percent of total hospital emergency department visits led to an error report, with diagnostic, administrative, procedural, pharmacotherapy, documentation, communication, and environmental errors among the most common. Although many of these medical errors did not necessarily lead to an adverse outcome for the patient, a significant portion of emergency department patients did, in fact, suffer injury, illness, or worse as a result of an ER mistake or error.
If you have been subjected to a medical error while being treated in an emergency room situation in PA, and if that error led to injury, you might have a legitimate and actionable claim for damages pursuant to Pennsylvania medical malpractice law. Contact the team of Pittsburgh medical malpractice attorneys at Matzus Law today for assistance with your ER error claims. Consultation is free and confidential.
What Is the Difference Between a “Mistake” and “Medical Malpractice” in Pennsylvania?
Mistakes are inevitable in the emergency room context. Generally speaking, emergency room situations are tense and full of stress. Although emergency room healthcare professionals are trained to handle such scenarios (and to provide adequate medical care under the circumstances), mistakes are still almost certain to occur.
Not all mistakes give rise to medical malpractice liability, however. For there to be an actionable medical malpractice claim under Pennsylvania law, you must be able to show that the mistake not only led to your injury, but also that the mistake was unacceptable in that it constituted a violation of the healthcare professional standard of care in Pennsylvania.
The standard of care is not absolute and equivalent for every PA medical malpractice case. It changes based on the circumstances. Factors that influence the applicable standard of care include:
- Age, training, experience
- Geographic location
- Treatability of the condition at issue
- Alternative, safe treatment options
- And more
For example, suppose that you have suffered a fracture, and you are brought to the emergency room for treatment. Your physician gives you alternative treatment that is different from the normal treatment typically provided by physicians in such circumstances. Moreover, this alternative treatment causes your condition to worsen. You very well could have a medical malpractice claim against the physician.
Common Emergency Room Mistakes Giving Rise to a Malpractice Claim in Greensburg, PA
Although circumstances can affect the standard of care, there are a number of common emergency room mistakes that are very likely to give rise to an actionable medical malpractice claim, including:
- Diagnostic errors, such as delayed diagnosis or misdiagnosis.
- Failure to safely perform medical procedure.
- Improper scheduling by hospital administration (i.e., exhausted staff).
- Staff intoxication, perhaps to cope with stress.
- Negligent supervision of staff.
- Negligent hiring of staff.
- Errors in evaluating lab results.
- Communication errors between healthcare staff.
- Failure to order necessary tests.
- And more.
Schedule a Free Consultation with a Skilled Team of Pittsburgh ER Error Attorneys Today
If you have suffered injuries due to an emergency room mistake by your treating healthcare professionals in Pittsburgh, Cranberry Township, Butler, Greensburg, or anywhere else in PA, then Pennsylvania law may entitle you to significant compensation for the injuries (and various other losses) that you sustained.
Attorney Jason Matzus has served the interests of medical malpractice claimants throughout Pennsylvania for over two decades, and he has litigated a variety of claims, including those that involve emergency room mistakes. Here at Matzus Law in Pittsburgh, PA, we are committed to client-oriented legal representation. We believe that successful litigation requires open and honest communication between attorney and client. By being well prepared for trial, we gain a competitive advantage during settlement negotiations and can often secure a compromise that favors our clients.
Call today or submit an online case evaluation form to schedule a free and confidential consultation with the experienced Pittsburgh medical malpractice lawyers here at Matzus Law.