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New York Emergency Room Malpractice

New Yorkers depend on emergency room care to treat injuries and illnesses that need immediate attention. Emergency room staff saves countless lives every day by quickly diagnosing and treating patients injured in car accidents and workplace accidents, patients suffering from injuries from criminal assaults, and patients suffering from serious conditions such as heart attacks. Emergency room staff is highly trained. It is expected that they perform their duties with skill. Unfortunately, that is not always the case. Far too often instead of improving an emergency room patient’s condition, emergency room doctors and other professionals make critical mistakes, leaving unsuspecting victims with horrific injuries. A serious injury can have a devastating impact victim’s health, ability to work, and ability to take care of his or her family. The bills associated with the medical mistake made lead to financial problems. If you are wondering if you or a member of your family is the victim of emergency room malpractice, it is important that you contact an experienced New York emergency room malpractice lawyer to discuss your case. We will review your medical records to determine if mistakes were made by doctors, nurses, or any other member of the emergency room staff. We will work hard to make sure that your legal rights are protected.

Common types of emergency room negligence

Emergency rooms in New York typically see a wide variety of patients suffering from serious health crises. Some patients are rushed in after being in accidents. Other patients visit the emergency room after becoming ill. Some patients visit the emergency room for conditions that are not actual emergencies. As a result, there is a potential for a wide range of errors. Often times the negligence begins with the doctor misdiagnosing the condition, leading to improper treatment. Other types of errors made by emergency room staff that leads to malpractice claims include:

  • Anesthesia mistakes
  • Surgical errors
  • Contaminated blood transfusion
  • Delayed treatment

As an experienced New York emergency room malpractice attorney will explain, there are many reasons that mistakes occur in emergency rooms. Some emergency rooms are so busy and so crowded that it is difficult for staff to competently manage all of the patients who need immediate care. Emergency rooms have protocols which determine the type of injuries and symptoms get priority. The result is that the conditions of other patients may deteriorate while they are waiting to be evaluated and treated. Another reason for emergency room malpractice is that due to the constant influx of patients, doctors do not always carefully review the results of diagnostic tests.

Pursuing compensation

Regardless of the reason behind emergency room errors, the consequences can be devastating to the victim. Victims face health crises that may result in their condition to become significantly worse. Or, they end up with additional health problems as a result of the medical error. The costs associated with treating serious injuries can be substantial, leaving victims to wonder who they are going to pay their medical bills and how they are going to support their families.

As a skilled emergency room malpractice attorney in New York will explain, if you were injured due to emergency room negligence, you may be able to collect compensation from the negligent doctor. Through a medical malpractice claim, you can file a clam and name as the defendant the doctor, medical facility, laboratory, and any other person whose negligent care resulted in your injuries. Recoverable damages include medical bills, pain and suffering, and lost wages. If a spouse, child, parent or other family member passed away as a result of negligence, you may be eligible to recover damages through a wrongful death claim.

Contact the Law Offices of Stephen Bilkis & Associates

If you or a family member was seriously injured and you believe the injuries were caused by negligent care of emergency room staff, the emergency room attorneys serving New York at the Law Offices of Stephen Bilkis & Associates can help. We have significant experience successfully representing clients injured by negligent medical professionals. We will review your medical records to determine what happened, and we will vigorously protect your legal rights. Do not delay as there are time limits for filing medical malpractice claims related to emergency room negligence. Contact us at 800.696.9529 to schedule a free, no obligation consultation regarding your case. We represent clients in the following locations: the Bronx, Brooklyn, Long Island, Manhattan, Nassau County, Queens, Staten Island, Suffolk County and Westchester County.

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