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ER Negligence Medical Malpractice Attorneys

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About Emergency Room Negligence

Hospital and emergency room (ER) negligence occurs when hospital or ER medical staff fails to do what they were supposed to do.

Emergency rooms are crammed full of injured and ill patients in need of medical treatment, and this constant demand for care can lead to mistakes and failures of medical care.

To help protect patients, each emergency room has a code of conduct as well as procedures in place for virtually any type of illness or injury. Failing to abide by this code or follow these procedures could constitute negligence.   If you or a loved one suffered harm as a result of ER negligence, you may be entitled to compensation through a lawsuit for suffering that occurred as a result of poor hospital or ER care.

Types of Emergency Room Negligence and Errors

Examples of ER negligence include misdiagnosis, failure to adequately evaluate a patient’s condition resulting in delayed or improper treatment, or failures in informed consent.

Other common emergency room errors/malpractice include:

  • Errors in diagnosis (commonly misdiagnosed conditions include appendicitis, heart attack, stroke, aneurysm and internal bleeding);
  • Misread x-ray results; and
  • Unnecessary surgeries or procedures.

Holding ER Staff Accountable for Your Injury or Loss

We place our trust in ER staff in particular, because ER visits are not anticipated and patients often do not have a voice in decisions regarding their care and treatment options.  This can make it difficult to prove a decision made by the ER in an emergency, say, while you were unconscious was in your best interested or not.

Issues of liability when it comes to hospital and ER negligence are particularly complicated and confusing, so having an experienced medical malpractice trial lawyer to guide you through the process is vital.

While specific doctors, nurses, or technicians may be held responsible for negligence, the hospital itself may also be liable.  In a hospital negligence case, you must prove that the hospital staff acted unreasonably and that their conduct was a direct cause of your injury. The fact that the efforts of the hospital staff were unsuccessful is not necessarily grounds for a malpractice case.

Emergency Room Medical Negligence and Malpractice Trial Lawyers

If you or a loved one experienced substandard or counterproductive care from a hospital or emergency room, contact our law offices immediately. The statue of limitations (the time period in which you can file a malpractice claim) varies from state to state. Generally, but not in all cases, the statute of limitations in Maryland  is five years from the date of treatment, or three years from the date one should have realized, with the exercise of due diligence,  there was negligence whichever period is shorter.  Frequently, the statute of limitations is three years from the date of negligence.

The statute of limitations in the District of Columbia, depending on the case is three (3) years from the date of discovery and in Virginia the statute of limitations is generally two (2) years from the date of negligence.   There are different statutes of limitations when a child is injured and a short statute of limitation in the District of Columbia for Wrongful Death Act claims.  To determine the specific statute of limitations in your case you should contact us.

You may be entitled to compensation for lost wages, medical bills, and damages resulting from your injury or condition, but you need to take the first step and by contacting an attorney.

For a free consultation, call our law offices today at 301-838-0199 to learn more about how we can help you and to see if you may be entitled to compensation for pain and suffering, hospital and medical bills, emotional distress, and loss of earning capacity.

The sooner you call, the sooner we can start helping you get the compensation you need to help with your recovery process.

Law Firm Contact Information

Wrongful death and medical malpractice attorneys Michael Ain and Gary Stein have recovered millions of dollars for victims of medical errors. Our law firm offers a free consultation and takes cases on a contingent fee basis.

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