According to statistics, the third most common cause of medical malpractice claims in Miami and Florida are ER visits. According to state records, in 2008 alone Emergency Room negligence claims accounted for 436 or 13% of the 3,336 medical malpractice claims filed across the state.
Being injured due to emergency room negligence can be a devastating experience. It can often be difficult to tell whether you even have a claim. If you believe that your poor emergency room experience and subsequent injuries were caused by negligence or recklessness, contact the Flaxman Law Group for a free, no obligation consultation. The personal injury attorneys at the Flaxman Law Group have extensive experience with medical cases as well as other personal injury cases and they can give you an assessment of your situation.What is Emergency Room Negligence in Miami and Florida?
Emergency room negligence occurs when medical staff do not provide the standard of care that is expected of them. Certain situations are especially blatant examples of negligence and recklessness. According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) the following should never occur during correct medical care in a hospital or emergency room:
- A surgical device or tool being accidentally left inside the body during surgery
- Incorrect use of IV needles or syringes, leading to air embolisms
- Bed sores
- Pulmonary embolisms or deep vein thrombosis after hip or knee replacements
- Contaminated blood or incompatible blood during transfusions and surgery
- Falls and head injuries, burns, electric shocks, or crush injuries
- Infections from catheters
- Hypoglycemia and other diabetes or blood sugar complications
- Infection at the surgical site after spine surgery, neck surgery, coronary artery bypass grafts, shoulder surgery, elbow surgery, or obesity surgery
In addition to these instances of negligence, there are many other types of negligence that can lead to a legal claim. Some of these examples can be quite subtle and patients may not realize they have been a victim until a more thorough investigation into their situation is launched. If you are not sure whether you have a claim, contact the Flaxman Law Group to find out. The personal injury attorneys at the Flaxman Law Group can evaluate your medical records and your injuries to help you determine whether recklessness was a factor in your injuries. They can help you understand your rights and can help you find all liable parties to aggressively pursue a claim on your behalf.
The Flaxman Law Group legal team has the highest respect for the medical professionals who work hard to provide a high level of care in the state’s emergency rooms. At the same time, the Flaxman Law Group believe that negligent medical professional should be held accountable for their actions and should be forced to make important changes to protect patient safety. If you have been injured by a reckless medical professional, it is time to speak up. Seeking compensation can help get you answers and can ensure that important safety changes are made. Seeking a legal claim can also secure financial resources that can help pay for quality medical treatment. To find out more, contact the Flaxman Law Group for a free consultation.