When we go to the emergency room, we expect prompt and urgent medical care and treatment. After all, when we go to an emergency room it is due to the fact that we are in a medical emergency and need immediate help. While many emergency rooms properly care and treatment patients, unfortunately many emergency rooms fail to render the care and treatment that we need. Sometimes this is due to staffing errors such as too few staff scheduled to work, inexperienced staff, or bad hires. Other times this is due to medical mistakes, errors, and negligence which causes serious personal injuries. The truth is that victims who have been harmed by emergency room conduct should have our Oregon emergency room medical malpractice lawyers review your case to see if you are entitled to damages under Oregon law.
Damages in an Oregon medical malpractice case are typically compensatory. This means that victims may receive monetary compensation for their injuries due to emergency room negligence. The most common types of damages in an Oregon emergency room medical malpractice case include the following:
Common Emergency Room Mistakes
There are several different types of emergency room errors which could result in serious personal injuries or wrongful death. They are generally broken down into two forms. The first form is staffing-related issues. The second form are due to actual negligent medical care and treatment.
Staffing-related issued which could result in Oregon medical malpractice include the following:
Medical malpractice related errors in hospital emergency rooms include the following:
Emergency Room Malpractice with Anesthesia and Pain Management
Issues with anesthesia and pain management are always a serious issue in emergency room cases. This is because certain medications and anesthesia cannot be administered to patients with extreme blood loss or low blood pressure, to patients with certain injuries, and to patients who may have significant and dangerous co-morbidities. One of the most common issues in emergency rooms with pain management is dangerous drug interactions or reactions because of inadequate, not thorough, or lacking medical conflict checks. Other times it is impossible for healthcare providers to know about conflicts due to a patient’s state upon arrival, especially when a patient is unconscious. Hospital staff in an emergency room are still charged with the safety and protection of these patients and must do everything they can to protect the patient’s life.
Why Emergency Room Cases are Different Than Other Medical Malpractice
One of the trickier issues with an emergency room case is that a healthcare provider’s duty of care is measured by the circumstances in which the care and treatment is rendered. There is an emergency doctrine which allows a wider margin of mistake and leniency because of the urgent and emergency nature of the treatment. This means that some emergency room errors can be difficult to prove if not impossible. This is why you need to consult with Oregon emergency room medical malpractice lawyers who have the knowledge, resources, and dedication to protecting patient rights. Emergency room medical malpractice cases are not impossible, but they require proper legal representation.
Bend/Portland, Oregon Emergency Room Medical Malpractice Lawyers
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.
We handle cases throughout the state including Bend and Portland Oregon, Redmond, Central Oregon, Multnomah County, Deschutes County, Salem, Eugene, Corvallis, Lane County, Medford, Gresham, Albany, Medford, Beaverton, Umatilla, Pendleton, and Hillsboro.
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.