Emergency rooms save countless lives every year, and the men and women
who deliver the highest level of care in life-and-death situations deserve
to be commended. But when some doctors, nurses, and other emergency room
staff fail to live up to expectations, the consequences can be disastrous.
In the event of an emergency, you implicitly trust emergency room staff
to provide the highest standards of care, and if a careless error has
led to your being injured, you have a right to hold the negligent doctors,
nurses, and staff members accountable for your damages.
The best way to learn about your rights and options after being injured
due to an emergency room error is to speak with our attorneys at Golomb
& Honik, P.C. in person.
Call (215) 278-4449 today to
schedule your free consultation at our Philadelphia office.
Emergency room errors are as diverse as the situations that patients and
doctors face. From incorrect diagnoses to mixing up prescriptions, an
error can occur at any step along the way. In short, if your health is
compromised while in the care of emergency room staff, you may have a
medical malpractice case. And as with all
medical malpractice cases, a successful verdict rests upon three pillars.
The ER's Duty
Emergency rooms are chaotic and unpredictable, and patients who enter the
ER are in life-and-death situations. That's why ER physicians are
highly trained and accept as part of the job that they have a duty to
provide the highest level of care possible.
When you are admitted to the emergency room, you are establishing a doctor-patient
relationship. Implicit in this agreement is the understanding that doctors
have a duty to act in your best interests and make decisions that conform
to established standards of care.
A standard of care is simply a consensus among medical professionals as
to how one should perform his or her job under given circumstances. While
there's no authoritative "rule book" on every possible situation,
experts in the field can offer testimony to determine a suitable standard
for your case.
ER Breaches of Duty
Given that the ER has a duty to act in your best interests, and given an
established standard of care, obtaining a successful medical malpractice
verdict means demonstrating that emergency room staff breached their duty
to provide adequate care. This usually involves expert witnesses who testify
that protocols were breached and that the defendant acted carelessly.
Piecing together the specific sequence of events that caused the breach
can be exceptionally complex and may require extensive research. That's
why it pays to retain our medical malpractice attorneys at Golomb &
Honik, P.C. as soon as possible.
Did you suffer damages due to breach of duty?
Finally, the medical professionals' breach of their duties must cause
harm to the patient. While you might first think of physical injury, "harm"
is a broad term and encompasses such damages as pain and suffering, lost
wages, and loss of the ability to enjoy one's life. It also includes
your medical costs and any additional treatments needed to correct the
Medical malpractice cases are bound by certain statutes of limitations,
so if you've been the victim of emergency room negligence, don't
wait until it's too late to consult with the attorneys at Golomb & Honik.
contact Golomb & Honik, P.C. today to arrange a complimentary case evaluation with a medical malpractice
attorney. We serve clients nationwide from our offices in Philadelphia.