Emergency Room Delays: Oregon Medical Malpractice Lawyer

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Understanding Patient Rights from our Oregon Medical Malpractice Lawyer: Emergency Room Delays


There are many different types and forms of medical malpractice.  Most of the time people think of surgical errors as the only form of medical malpractice.  While this is a common type, one of the most common types that most people do not realize are emergency room delays.  In fact, most people already know that the emergency room is a place of delay—we expect to sit their for long hours and not get speedy service.  That is just a well-known part of most emergency rooms.  But while there needs to obviously be a triage system for serious injuries that need immediate treatment and other issues that need healing, thus creating some type of waiting hierarchy, far too many emergency rooms fail to give those in the greatest need the attention that they deserve.  As a result, our Oregon medical malpractice lawyer knows that emergence room delays are a serious problem.


Initially, it is important to understand some terminology.  Most people call the hospital emergency area as an “emergency room.”  That is just how most people know it and how it was initially labeled, and still labeled, at many places.  But the terminology has really shifted to “emergency department” which acknowledges all of the components in the emergency area.  This includes triage nurses, administration, pathology, imaging, and emergency operating room.  There are also many technical emergency rooms within an emergency department, so just calling it one ER is misleading.  


But that is a minor terminology aspect of an Oregon medical malpractice case.  When we say emergency room, we really mean the entire hospital’s emergency department.  This is the entire ward.


Common Issues with Emergency Room Delays


While an emergency room cannot guarantee treatment right away, there is a duty to triage patients and treat the most needed immediately or as soon as possible.  This means that patients who have life-threatening conditions must immediately begin treatment and life-preserving efforts.  Delaying this treatment could be Oregon medical malpractice.


There are many reasons why emergency room delays occur.  This includes some of the following reasons:


  • Improperly triaging patients
  • Understaffing
  • Poorly maintained facilities 
  • Broken equipment 
  • Slow treatment
  • Delays in treating patients
  • Too few doctors
  • Misdiagnosing conditions
  • Backlogs in imaging or pathology reports, and
  • Many other common causes that result in serious medical negligence.


Types of Emergency Room Delays in Oregon


There are many different types of emergency room delays which could result in Oregon medical malpractice.  These include specific types of cases or conditions which must be immediately treated.  This includes some of the following:


  • Heart attacks
  • Strokes
  • Aneurisms 
  • Crushing injuries
  • Large lacerations or bleeding injuries
  • Aortic dissections 
  • Pulmonary embolisms
  • Septic shock or sepsis
  • Aortic ruptures
  • Nerve injuries
  • Bowel perforations
  • Burn injuries
  • Airway or lung injuries
  • Heart injuries
  • Broken back or neck, and
  • Many other common types of serious injuries that our Oregon medical malpractice lawyer can review for FREE with you and your family to determine if you have a case in Oregon.


Ask Our Oregon Medical Malpractice Lawyer If You had Emergency Room Delays


If you or a loved one have been seriously injured or killed as a result of medical malpractice contact the Oregon Medical Malpractice Lawyers at Kuhlman Law at our number below or fill out the intake form.  We offer a free initial case evaluation and handle cases on a contingency fee which means that you pay no money unless we recover.


Our law firm handles cases throughout the state including Bend and Portland Oregon, Redmond, Central Oregon, Sisters, Madras, Multnomah County, Deschutes County, Salem, Eugene, Corvallis, Lane County, Medford, Gresham, La Grande, Albany, Medford, Beaverton, Umatilla, Pendleton,  Cottage Grove, Florence, Oregon City, Springfield, Keizer, Grants Pass, McMinnville, Tualatin, West Linn, Forest Grove, Wilsonville, Newberg, Roseburg, Lake Oswego, Klamath Falls, Happy Valley, Tigard, Ashland, Milwakie, Coos Bay, The Dalles,  St. Helens, Sherwood, Central Point, Canby, Troutdale, Hermiston, Silverton, Hood River, Newport, Prineville, Astoria, Tillamook, Lincoln City, Hillsboro, and Vancouver, Washington.  


We also have an office in Minneapolis, Minnesota and take medical malpractice cases throughout the Twin Cities, including St. Paul, Hennepin County, Ramsey County, Dakota County, Washington County, Anoka County, Scott County, Blaine, Stillwater, and Saint Paul Minnesota.


Please act quickly, there is a limited time (Statute of Limitations) in which you can bring a claim under the law.

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