Most Common Emergency Room Mistakes in Minnesota You Need to Know About to Protect Your Rights and be Safe


These Common Emergency Room Mistakes Seriously Injure or Kill Victims


Patients that go to the emergency department at a hospital expect that they will be treated and healed.  For the most part, that is true.  Unfortunately, however, many patients who go to the emergency department in a hospital may be very seriously injured or even killed due to the negligence of emergency department staff.  This could be the doctor who is very overwhelmed, the nursing staff who does not have a lot of experience, or some combination of the two.  If this happens to you or your loved one, call Kuhlman Law, LLC for a free consultation by dialing (612) 444-3374.


Common Emergency Room Mistakes Which Could be Medical Malpractice


Failure to Triage a Patient properly – triaging a patient is assigning a level of concern for his or her treatment.  It is essentially determining which patients have priority to be treated.  If a patient is improperly triaged, meaning the patient has a very serious injury but is triaged very low, he or she will sit and could suffer irreversible damage or be killed before the patient is even seen by a doctor.


Medication errors – medication errors can result in some of the worst injuries to a patient.  Drugs and medications are meant to provoke a response from your body.  If the wrong drug or medication is given, the wrong dose, or it interacts with another drug or medication, it can result in a very devastating and even fatal injury.


Improper discharge – sometimes a patient is discharged way too early and before the medical emergency has been properly treated or observed.  This can result in a patient actually dying at home.  If a patient is lucky enough to get back to the hospital, there could be very serious and irreversible damage done to the patient.  Common errors here are delays in diagnosing heart attacks, strokes, appendicitis, bowel blockages, pulmonary embolisms, or other very serious medical issues.


Misreading tests or imaging studies – emergency rooms are busy places which puts pressure on providers, but this does not mean that tests, imaging studies, and other diagnostic tests can be misread.  This is one of the most common instances of medical malpractice which can then cause improper discharges and further harm.


Refusing to See a Patient – some hospitals that are very busy may even refuse to see a patient or place a patient in a hallway to be cared for when there is time or a room open.  This is a major error in most hospitals’ policy, especially when the patient is brought in by ambulance and suffering a medical emergency.  Failing to treat a patient because there are too many patients is simply not a good excuse and can be medical malpractice.


Improperly transporting a patient – sometimes a hospital is not the right kind of hospital for a specific injury, such as a burn injury which should go to a burn unit, or a dental injury which could go to a dental hospital.  Patients must be stabilized before being transferred between hospitals and there must be available and waiting care at the new hospital.  If these criteria aren’t met, it can be very serious medical malpractice by negligently transferring a patient.


Minnesota Medical Malpractice Lawyers Representing Victims of Emergency Department Errors


If you or a loved one have been injured due to the medical malpractice of a healthcare provider such as a doctor, nurse, hospital, or other health care service professional, call Kuhlman Law, LLC for a FREE consultation by dialing (612) 444-3374 to learn what your rights to compensation may be.  If we accept your case, we will conduct a thorough review and advise you whether there may have been a serious medical mistake causing your injury.   There is no risk, and you do not owe us money unless we win your case.

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