When you are a patient in an emergency room (ER), the last thing you expect is to be injured even more. Unfortunately, due to overcrowding and short staffing, many emergency room patients become victims of malpractice or wrongful death while being cared for in the emergency department.
ER Oversight and Neglect
A highly publicized emergency room wrongful death case in Philadelphia showed just how inadequate, or wrong, a triage nurse’s assessment was of a patient. It also revealed how inattentive the nurses and doctors were to a critical change in a patient’s condition. Joaquin Rivera, a 63 year old school counselor, was triaged in the ER at Aria Health’s Frankford Hospital at 10:45 p.m. He complained of pain in his left arm. Pain in the left arm in an adult male can be a symptom of a heart attack or myocardial infarction. Instead of being placed on a heart monitor, he was told to have a seat in the waiting room. Video surveillance shows that he was dead eleven minutes later. For an hour after his death, he remained slumped over in the chair while three other people in the waiting room robbed him.
Winning Is Our Only Option
Misclassification of patients and wrongful deaths occur everyday in emergency rooms.
Since 1958, the Beasley Firm has been successfully litigating wrongful deaths, and emergency room malpractice cases with documented results. The Beasley law firm is a nationally recognized catastrophic injury and wrongful death firm that has awarded over $2 billion for our clients. In addition to our experienced attorneys, we also have on staff two physicians and three registered nurses. Two of our medical specialists were certified emergency room trauma nurses, lending them decades of expertise and contributing to our firm being a leader in this field. Our collective knowledge assisted in obtaining two of the largest medical negligence verdicts in Pennsylvania history, $100 million and $55 million, as well as countless other multimillion dollar judgments and settlements.
If you or a loved one has been injured while in an emergency room, we can help you. Here at the Beasley Firm, we recognize that a large percentage of medical malpractice or negligence occurs in the emergency department. Over the last 50 years, we have evaluated cases of medical malpractice in the emergency room that involved emergency room deaths, misdiagnosis, medication errors, misinterpretation of laboratory tests, misinterpretation of x-rays, misinterpretation of EKG’s, failure to consult a specialist, delays in treatment, failure to diagnose a heart attack, stroke, ruptured appendix, bowel obstruction, failure to administer tPA or clot busting drugs in a timely manner, nerve damage from intravenous lines or blood draws, failure to diagnosis a ruptured spleen after an automobile accident, failure to diagnosis meningitis, failure to diagnosis head trauma, failure to monitor blood pressure or vital signs, inappropriately discharging, inadequate triage regarding the severity of an injury or illness, patient dumping or EMTALA, failure to keep a suicidal patient safe, failure to keep a seizure patient safe, and adult equipment used on a child that provided inaccurate readings and insufficient treatment.
In addition, in 1986, a law was passed called “EMTALA” or The Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act. It is also sometimes referred to as “COBRA” or the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act. This law was put into effect to make sure that any patient who goes to an emergency room for evaluation must be given an appropriate medical screening to see if that patient is suffering from an emergent medical condition. If the patient has a medical condition that is an emergency, the hospital is obligated to provide the patient treatment until the emergency becomes stabilized and if need be, transfer the patient to another hospital that can more appropriately treat the medical condition. In addition, any pregnant woman who comes to the hospital in active labor must be admitted and treated until the baby is delivered. A hospital can be found in violation of this law and held accountable if it fails to abide by it. Our highly experienced medical and legal teams have uncovered numerous EMTALA violations in the past. Our knowledge assisted us in successfully fighting on behalf of infants who were severely brain damaged due to a hospital’s failure to abide by this law. To learn more about EMTALA please visit: http://www.emtala.com/faq.htm.
If you or a loved one has been injured, please contact one of our experienced Philadelphia ER attorneys at (888) 823-5291. Please feel free to look at our track record of success and call us for a free no obligation consultation. We will never take a fee unless we win your case.
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