Each year, thousands of Kansas City residents flock to one of the area's many emergency rooms.  Annually, one hundred million people visit emergency rooms nationwide.  Understandably then, emergency rooms operate at fast paced speeds.  The medical personnel that staff the emergency room are trained to handle highly stressful situations with precision and quality care.

The emergency room environment requires many medical decisions to be made quickly.  Patients under these circumstances have little time to do anything except accept the doctor's orders and trust in the medical decisions made for them.  Most of the time, this trust is extremely well placed.  Unfortunately, diagnostic mistakes can and do happen.  The results can be tragic and even deadly.

Many factors can lead to an emergency room error.  Poorly equipped treatment areas can rob patients of critical time needed for the best possible outcome.  Sometimes a lack of the latest medical technology can cause diagnosing errors.  Poorly trained emergency room staff is another contributing factor that can lead to emergency room errors.  Understaffed emergency rooms may leave patients who need immediate care without the opportunity to receive time-sensitive medical attention.

Time is of the essence in the emergency room setting.  When things go wrong and medical erros are made, patients may not receive the care they need.  Sometimes, serious medical emergencies can go undiagnosed.  Doctors may even miss the warning signs of common emergency room complaints altogether.  Some of the more common mistakes made in an emergency room setting include:

  1. Failure to catch the symptoms of a heart attack
  2. Missing signs of a stroke
  3. Misidentifying acute appendicitis
  4. Failure to order necessary tests
  5. Misreading test results

According to the Journal of the American Medical Association, around 250,000 die every year as a direct result of medical malpractice.  In the emergency room setting, this can include misdiagnosis or late diagnosis, robbing the patient of critical time.  Patient monitoring can also go by the wayside, as well as failing to fully evaluate a patient's medical condition.  Dangerous errors in medication dosage can then result, further jeopardizing the patient's health. Medical errors can cause long term consequences.  

Do You Think You May Have A Medical Malpractice Claim?

If you believe you may have a medical malpractice claim you need to speak with an experienced medical malpractice attorney. Please contact us online or call our Kansas City office directly at 816.471.5111 to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case.

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James Roswold is a Kansas & Missouri personal injury, workers comp, and medical malpractice attorney.