Emergency Room Doctor Medical Malpractice Lawsuits

Emergency Room Doctor Medical Malpractice Lawsuits

Lawrence J. Buckfire

Lawrence J. Buckfire

March 9, 2022 09:34 AM

Hospital emergency departments are often very busy and crowded. The number of people visiting emergency rooms has increased significantly over the last twenty years. In fact, in 2018, 21.3% of all adults in the United States visited a hospital emergency room.

The most common reasons for emergency room visits are headaches, broken bones, upper respiratory infections, abdominal pain, and chest pains. While many patients are brought by ambulance, the majority are walk in-patients. Many of the injuries and conditions are minor in nature, but physicians must evaluate all patients to make a prompt and accurate diagnosis.

Emergency room doctors are a vital part of the health care industry and are often the point person for initialing directing a patient’s care and treatment. They have a vital role in our healthcare system. However, there are sadly occasions when patients suffer injuries or even death due to errors in the emergency department.

When these medical mistakes happen, the injured patient may have an emergency room doctor malpractice lawsuit. Quite often, it is the failure to order appropriate diagnostic testing or not admitting the patient to the hospital that is the critical error. A misdiagnosis can lead to severe and even fatal consequences in many cases.

Some of the most common errors against emergency room doctors that are alleged in medical malpractice lawsuits include the failure to diagnose these conditions:

Common causes of emergency room doctor malpractice lawsuits include the failure to diagnose and timely treat:

To successfully pursue a case, it is necessary to retain an attorney experienced with medical malpractice lawsuits. These cases require significant medical and legal knowledge and few attorneys possess both areas of expertise. Qualified attorneys know which expert witnesses to hire and how to counter the defenses of insurance company lawyers.

In order to win a case, the patient must prove that the doctors failed to act in a manner as a reasonably prudent doctor would do under the same or similar circumstances. Essentially, this translates into making mistakes in diagnosis, treatment, and judgment that a well-trained and experienced physician would not make on the patient or a similar patient.

The patient must also prove that the resulting injury or harm would not have occurred had appropriate treatment been provided. So, there are cases where negligence occurred but the end result to the patient would have been the same even with proper treatment.

For example, a doctor may have sent a patient home with a ruptured appendix, which is likely negligence, but the treatment would have been surgery anyway. So, if the patient did not suffer additional physical harm, then there would be no case. Defense lawyers often argue that there was no negligence and there was no harm caused even if there was negligence.

Medical experts are often the key to winning the case. Each side hires medical experts to support their positions in the case. Quite often, it becomes a battle of the experts and the jury must decide which set of experts is most credible and believable.

When these mistakes happen, the injured patient may have an emergency room doctor malpractice lawsuit. Emergency room physicians can also be negligent by failing to admit the patient to the hospital or to consult with another specialist.

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Statute of Limitations For Michigan Emergency Room Doctor Malpractice Lawsuits

The statute of limitations for medical malpractice cases varies from state to state. In Michigan, you must file a lawsuit within two years of the date of the malpractice. If you miss a deadline, your claim will be lost forever. To avoid these severe consequences, you should contact the Michigan malpractice lawyers at Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. immediately.

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We will represent you in your Michigan malpractice case under our NO FEE PROMISE. This means that you will not be charged any legal fees whatsoever unless we obtain a settlement or recovery for you. You have absolutely no obligation for legal fees unless we win your case. If we do not obtain a settlement for you, you owe us nothing!

Contact a Michigan Emergency Room Doctor Malpractice Lawyer

Our experienced Michigan medical malpractice lawyers handle cases for victims of malpractice against emergency room physicians. Patients injured or harmed due to medical mistakes by an emergency room doctor should contact the Michigan medical malpractice firm of Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. Call us now at (800) 606-1717to speak with one of our experienced attorneys about your case.

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