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Dover, NJ Emergency Room Mistake Attorneys hold ER physicians accountable

At any given moment, the staff of a hospital emergency room may be dealing with a toddler with a bad cough, a senior citizen with chest pains and a seriously injured car accident victim, all at the same time. But that’s what these physicians and nurses have been trained for, and there are very specific procedures they are expected to follow to prevent mistakes.

What happens when communications and protocol fall apart? When emergency rooms are severely understaffed and treatment is delayed? When triage nurses and ER doctors are so rushed that they fail to recognize symptoms, resort to shortcuts to attend to a line of waiting patients, or prescribe the wrong medication? These are just some ways in which emergency room errors can lead to serious harm.

The Morristown law offices of Smith & Doran has extensive experience handling emergency room error cases of all kinds. We understand the stakes involved with your injury, and we are ready to provide personal and effective legal representation. We know how to fight for your future while at the same time always maintaining an open line of communication. The lawyer you hire is the lawyer you get, every step of the way.

What are the responsibilities of Emergency Room medical staff?

At Smith & Doran, we understand the stress of working in an ER, and we appreciate the hard work and dedication of all who labor there. But as medical malpractice attorneys, we also know that healthcare professionals owe you a duty of care. The expected standard of care for an emergency room differs from that of a specialist, but there are still legal responsibilities regarding the level of care they provide for you. They must:

  • Adequately assess your condition based on your history and a physical examination
  • Competently diagnose an illness or condition
  • Provide appropriate medical treatment
  • Prescribe only the medications and treatments that will serve a patient’s needs
  • Communicate clearly with both patient and attending medical staff
  • Abide by standard practices

If an emergency room failed to provide you with any of these basic services, and you were hurt or injured as a result, you may wish to pursue a medical malpractice claim. See below for more details.

Parsippany Emergency Room Error Lawyers Pursue Your Claim

Avoidable mistakes made in the emergency room can cost you your health, and in some cases can even lead to wrongful death. Whether the error was a failure to diagnose a heart attack, stroke, ruptured spleen or appendicitis, or a prescription for the wrong medication, if you were harmed, you have a right to recover your damages.

Medical malpractice claims must be filed within two years of the discovery of the injury, but the sooner you contact an attorney, the better. Emergency room errors should be investigated quickly to ensure that all evidence is gathered and that claims are filed in a timely manner.

Our skilled legal team will fight to get you compensation for lost wages and loss of earning capacity, current and future medical bills and household help, as well as for pain and suffering. We investigate all avenues of liability, which may include the physician, other ER staff and the hospital itself.

Contact a Morristown ER Negligence Lawyer Today

Founding partner Robert A. Smith of Smith & Doran is a Certified Civil Trial Attorney. This means that he specializes in civil court cases, including accident and injury cases of any kind. It is an accolade given by the New Jersey Supreme Court to only 2% of the active lawyers in the state. His fellow lawyers have also accorded him the highest possible Martindale Hubbel rating of AV® Preeminent in recognition of his excellent legal knowledge, communication skills, and ethical standards.

Bob Smith prides himself on providing personal but professional legal counsel, and he believes open and honest communication with his clients is the key to building a long-lasting partnership based on trust.

If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of an emergency room error or mistake, Smith & Doran is ready to protect your rights. Contact us online or through our Morristown offices at 973-261-6254 to schedule a free consultation. Weekend and evening appointments are available. If necessary, one of our lawyers will arrange to meet with you at the hospital or at your home.

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