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Emergency room mistakes and your right to compensation

When a person goes to an emergency room in South Carolina, it is because he or she expects to receive a certain standard of care and help for a serious medical problem. While most emergency rooms are efficient and provide quality service to patients, medical errors -- particularly misdiagnoses -- still happen.

If you are the victim of a medical error experienced while visiting an emergency room for care, you have the right to seek financial compensation for your pain and suffering. A medical malpractice claim could be an appropriate way for you to seek the recovery you need and hold liable parties accountable for what you experienced.

Common types of emergency room errors

Because emergency rooms are places for people to go after experiencing a traumatic injury or serious illness, these facilities can be fast-paced and stressful places to work. Doctors and nurses are trying to treat many people at once, and sometimes, patient care can suffer. One of the most common medical errors in emergency rooms is misdiagnosis. Doctors often improperly diagnose patients with the following medical issues: 

  • Heart attacks, specifically in women – Women can display heart attack symptoms that are vastly different from men. Doctors may miss the signs and fail to treat a heart attack.
  • Chest pain – This is not a medical condition, but chest pain often indicates a serious medical problem. Sufficient testing can determine the source of the pain.
  • Pulmonary embolism – Failing to property diagnose this serious medical condition can lead to grave complications, including the possibility of death.

Misread x-rays are one of the most common reasons that medical mistakes occur, but they can also happen because emergency rooms are understaffed or the doctors are not spending enough time with each patient to properly diagnose these conditions.

What can you do as a victim?

As a victim who suffered because of the reckless or negligent actions of a medical professional who worked in an emergency room, you have the right to take action to protect your interests. You could have valid grounds to move forward with a civil claim due to medical malpractice. 

You deserve to have the quality care you need to properly address and treat the misdiagnosed medical issue. You may also be able to seek recompense for your emotional duress and the mental anguish you experienced as a victim of an emergency room error.

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