Dying in the Emergency Room: Oregon Medical Malpractice Due to Triage Errors

Patients that Die in the Emergency Room: Understanding Oregon Medical Malpractice in a Hospital’s Emergency Department


One of the last places you may believe that patient’s may die due to Oregon medical malpractice is the emergency department or emergency room.  But the said truth is that this does happen.  For example, take the case of Laura Levis who could not get into the doors of the emergency room before being overcome by the asthma attack.  Or the case of Angel Rivera, Jr., who spent nine hours in an emergency room with a head injury before passing away.  While emergency departments usually do a good job at triaging and caring for the most injured individuals, the unfortunate truth is that sometimes hospitals and emergency departments fail and preventable errors lead to the wrongful death of a person.


When a hospital’s emergency room or emergency department cause the wrongful death of a patient, the deceased’s family is entitled to commence a wrongful death action.  This allows the family to recover compensation for pain and suffering, loss of services, loss of income, medical bills, and other monetary damages as if the family was standing in the shoes of their loved one.  The hospital is usually the liable entity because its hired nurses (including the triage nurse), intake staff, and attending physicians (or hired physicians working at the hospital and not in private practice) are at usually at fault.


Types of Injured Were Patients Frequently Die in the Waiting Room Due to Oregon Medical Malpractice


When you think of patients that are dying in the waiting room at an emergency department, you may think of victims in car accidents, gunshots, or other trauma which were not healed in time but could have been saved.  While there could be medical malpractice in these cases, this is not necessarily the types of cases which usually result in a patient dying due to Oregon medical malpractice.  Rather, instances such as these following injuries or ailments are more likely to be preventable which could result in serious injury or wrongful death if a patient is not quickly treated:


  • Misdiagnosed heart attack;
  • Misdiagnosed stroke;
  • Misdiagnosed aneurism; 
  • Delayed treatment with crushing injuries;
  • Failing to properly triage a traumatic brain injury, or injury to the head resulting in swelling or brain bleeding;
  • Dangerous internal bleeding, including to the lungs or heart/aorta; 
  • Asthma, allergic reactions, or breathing issues;
  • Aortic dissections; and 
  • Many other types.


Wrongful Deaths or More Serious Injuries Due to Emergency Room Negligence Should be Evaluated


If you or a loved one have sustained worse injuries while you were waiting in an emergency room or emergency department to be seen by a doctor, or if a loved one was wrongfully killed due to a long emergency room wait, please call our Oregon medical malpractice lawyer at Kuhlman Law, LLC to schedule a FREE consultation.  Our law office is located in Bend, Oregon, and we handle cases throughout Oregon including Portland, Redmond, Sisters, The Dalles, Madras, Prineville, Corvallis, Lake Oswego, Deschutes County, Eugene, Salem, Gresham, and throughout Central Oregon, Deschutes County, and more generally in Oregon.  We also have an office in Minnesota.


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