Emergency Room Errors
Experienced South Carolina Attorneys Seek Justice for Victims of Emergency Room Errors
When emergency room treatment leads to catastrophic injury, our lawyers demand accountability
An emergency room (ER) is a hectic environment in which immediate life-or-death decisions are commonplace. But that does not excuse the doctors, nurses, and technicians who staff it from adhering to proper standards of care. ERs do not function on a first-come-first-served basis; they have a methodology in place—triage—by which a patient’s condition is evaluated on entry, and higher or lower priority for treatment assigned based on its severity and life-threatening nature. When that system is operating properly, there is no excuse for someone with a life-threatening illness or injury waiting unnecessarily for treatment or being forgotten in a treatment room.
When the system fails, you can rely on the South Carolina medical malpractice attorneys of McGowan, Hood, Felder & Phillips, LLC to be by your side. We have the drive and passion to see your case through to the end, and the skills and resources necessary to protect your future. If you or your loved one suffered undue harm in an emergency room in South Carolina, we will fight for justice on your behalf.
Medical errors are made in emergency rooms every day
The South Carolina medical malpractice attorneys at our firm know that the biggest cause by far of ER malpractice is misdiagnosis at the triage station or in the treatment room. But other equally serious errors occur:
- Delayed treatment. A patient may not be admitted for treatment quickly enough, causing his or her condition to worsen; or a patient may be admitted quickly, but then left unattended.
- Substandard treatment. A fracture may be set incorrectly, proper sterile technique ignored, anesthetics improperly administered, or poor suturing or bandaging performed.
- Medication errors. The wrong medication or the wrong dosage may be administered or prescribed.
- Failure to obtain a full medical history. Missing information about a patient’s age, weight, current medications, allergies or condition of pregnancy can lead to disastrous outcomes, including administration of medications in the wrong dosages, anesthesia errors, anaphylactic shock, and fetal injury or death.
- Failure to properly monitor a patient. Careful monitoring is critical, especially when the patient presents signs of heart attack or stroke.
- “Patient dumping.” Releasing a patient before it is prudent to do so, in order to cut down waiting time for other patients.
- Failure to obtain informed consent. Consent to an invasive procedure may be implied from the circumstances, such as when a patient is brought in unconscious, severely injured, and likely to die without treatment. Otherwise, invasive procedures cannot be undertaken or medication given without explaining it and obtaining the patient’s written acknowledgment and consent.
If you or a loved one has suffered serious injury or complications because of negligent treatment in a hospital’s ER, look to our medical malpractice attorneys for passion, experience, and tenacity.
Medical malpractice attorneys fighting for South Carolina clients like you
Your medical malpractice case matters to us. If you or a loved one suffered injury because a hospital’s ER staff failed to diagnose or promptly treat a health emergency, let a hard-working, no-nonsense South Carolina medical malpractice lawyer from McGowan, Hood, Felder & Phillips, LLC help you obtain the justice and compensation you deserve.
From its offices in Columbia, Anderson, Rock Hill, Sumter, and Georgetown, McGowan, Hood, Felder & Phillips, LLC proudly serves individuals and families throughout South Carolina. Our attorneys have extensive experience advocating for people whose doctors and hospitals fail to perform according to acceptable standards of care. We are dedicated, driven, and committed to delivering results.
Contact McGowan, Hood, Felder & Phillips, LLC today. Call 803-327-7800 and schedule a free case evaluation. Or, fill out our contact form from any device.