There is no time for mistakes during a medical emergency. A missed diagnosis can result in serious injury or death for the person seeking treatment.
At Johnstone & Gabhart, LLP, in Charleston, West Virginia, our lawyers represent people who have suffered a serious injury due to the negligence of a medical provider. If you have suffered a serious injury following admission to an emergency room, we offer a free initial consultation to discuss your case. We also represent families in cases of wrongful death.
Did The Emergency Doctor Commit Malpractice?
During an emergency room admission, the stakes are incredibly high, especially if the patient is admitted with a life-threatening condition such as stroke, heart attack or appendicitis. If the patient doesn't receive appropriate treatment immediately, the opportunity for a complete recovery may have passed.
Not every case of injury or death following emergency room care is due to medical malpractice. Sometimes people suffer serious injuries or die even when doctors, nurses and staff do everything they are supposed to do. However, if the medical staff made errors or were negligent in your care, and you are injured as a result, you may be entitled to compensation. To recover compensation, you would have to prove that the outcome would have been different if you received appropriate care.
The following are examples of errors that should never happen in an emergency room:
- Failure to diagnose acute illness such as stroke or heart attack
- Failure to request appropriate lab tests or X-rays
- Failure to diagnose and treat a bone fracture
- Discharging a patient who is not medically stable
- Medication errors
- Failure to review your medical records
Our attorneys work with medical experts who will review your case to determine if the providers were negligent.
Contact Our Charleston, WV Law Firm
To schedule a free initial consultation with an experienced West Virginia medical malpractice lawyer, call 304-553-0830 or email the firm.