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Concerned Boston Attorneys Help Victims of Emergency Room Errors

Experienced medical malpractice lawyers hold negligent caregivers accountable

When you go to an emergency room, you have a right to expect responsive and capable care. Unfortunately, too many ERs are understaffed, poorly run, and easily overwhelmed. If you or a loved one suffered unnecessary harm that competent emergency room care would have prevented, you have a right to full, fair compensation. At Swartz & Lynch LLP, our medical malpractice attorneys have experience with hard-to-prove cases involving serious injuries and wrongful death. We investigate thoroughly and consult qualified medical experts to pinpoint the causes and identify the culpable parties, then we fight aggressively to recover the full, fair compensation you deserve.

Common emergency room errors that lead to serious patient harm

A study by researchers at Johns Hopkins concluded that medical errors are the third leading cause of preventable death in America. Sloppy protocols have created an environment where mistakes that should never have happened occur too easily and frequently.  Errors can happen in operating rooms, where surgeries have been planned in advance and surgical teams should be fully prepared. Poor hospital protocols, inadequate staffing, substandard training and other deviations from professional standards often lead to accidents in an ER, where patients in urgent need of life-saving care literally roll in at a moment’s notice.

Here are just a few of the common causes of patient harm in an ER:

  • Misdiagnosis of an injury or illness
  • Failure to order tests or to read test results properly
  • Failure to take an adequate patient history
  • Negligent early release
  • Medication error
  • Failure to render timely care

Any of these types of mistakes can cause a patient serious injury or even death.

Medical malpractice attorneys in Boston, MA hold wrongdoers accountable

Our medical malpractice attorneys are prepared to fight for your rights if you or a loved one has suffered from an ER mistake. Here are a few possible examples:

  • A doctor diagnoses a patient a suffering from flu when the patient actually has bacterial meningitis. The patient is sent home with prescription for Tamiflu and later suffers complete, irreversible hearing loss.
  • A doctor fails to recognize symptoms of internal bleeding and treats a patient for bruises only. The patient goes into shock and dies.
  • A patient reports pain of seven on a one-to-10 scale. The doctor administers a dose of fentanyl that is not accurately recorded. Twenty minutes later, an ER nurse unaware of the first dose gives the patient a second dose, which is fatal.

Though a doctor, nurse, or another ER staffer may have committed the error that harms a patient, the facility must also answer for negligence. Going up against a hospital, its insurance company and its large staff of lawyers is a formidable task. That’s why you should only trust your case to an experienced attorney with a solid track record of results.

Contact our determined Boston lawyers for a free consultation on your ER negligence case

The dedicated medical malpractice attorneys at Swartz & Lynch LLP are ready to help you recover compensation for your ER injuries. For a free consultation to discuss your highway accident, please call 857-250-0664 or contact us online. Our office is conveniently located at 45 School Street in downtown Boston. But we can arrange home or hospital visits if you are unable to travel.

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