Jackson Emergency Room Malpractice Attorneys
Guiding You Through the Aftermath of Emergency Room Errors
The emergency room is a stressful environment for both medical professionals and patients, but it is also a crucial part of the healthcare system. If you are seriously injured or very sick, you will likely go to the emergency room for prompt, sometimes life-saving treatment.
Unfortunately, even emergency room doctors and nurses are prone to mistakes, and in such a high-stakes environment, errors can cause serious damage. If visiting an emergency room results in further injury or makes your condition worse, you may be entitled to compensation.
While no amount of money can change what happened, a successful emergency room case can help you cope with pain and suffering and afford the treatment you may need moving forward.
Elements of an Emergency Room Malpractice Case
To win an emergency room malpractice case, you will need to prove 3 basic elements:
- You and the person treating you had a doctor-patient relationship
- The treatment you received was negligent
- You were harmed by this negligence
The most difficult element in an emergency room case is proving negligence. Generally speaking, a doctor-patient relationship is established anytime a doctor or nurse practitioner provides treatment in an emergency room, and you would not be filing a lawsuit if you did not suffer harm. On the other hand, negligence in emergency room malpractice cases depends entirely on the standard of care.
Understanding the Standard of Care in an Emergency Room Environment
Legally speaking, the standard of care is the level of competence with which practitioners conduct themselves. To violate the standard of care, a doctor must behave below the level with which another doctor would have behaved in a similar situation. For example, consider a dehydrated patient who cannot swallow. A competent doctor would likely administer medication and fluids intravenously (through an IV) as soon as possible, but a negligent practitioner might fail to take this step or do so too late, thus harming the patient.
Because the emergency room environment is so fast-paced and stressful, providers may have more leeway with the standard of care. Doctors and nurse practitioners in the emergency room may not have time to perform certain tests, for instance. That being said, substandard care that causes harm is never acceptable.
If your emergency room experience harmed you more than it helped you, call our Jackson emergency room malpractice lawyers today.
How We Help
Proving emergency room malpractice usually requires expert testimony, as a competent doctor will have to explain how and why another provider’s behavior was negligent. Luckily, our attorneys at ‘Maggio | Thompson, LLP are well-connected and can help you find an expert that is appropriate for your claim.
We can also help you compile relevant evidence and guide you through all other aspects of your case.
Many law firms will tell you that emergency room cases are difficult to win and not worthwhile, but we believe the opposite. All too often, doctors and nurse practitioners make bad decisions in haste or order or provide substandard care. When this happens, we dedicate ourselves to proving it and helping you recover from the harm negligent providers caused you.
Our goal is to help you recover compensation, which can account for:
- Your initial bill from the emergency room
- Any additional treatments you need
- Future medical expenses
- Time away from work
- Pain and suffering
- Changes to your quality of life
We will fight for all damages you are entitled to. Our firm has a history of results, and we want to help you, too.
Why Choose ‘Maggio | Thompson, LLP?
If you want a firm that will return all your phone calls within the same business day, give you direct access to law partners, and only charge you legal fees if you win your case, look no further than ‘Maggio | Thompson, LLP.
Our firm does not believe in cookie-cutter representation because we see you as a person and we treat you as such. We represent people with upfront, personalized representation – and we put our resources behind every case, big and small.
All this aside, choosing a lawyer is a big decision.
Why not start with a free, no-obligation consultation? We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to hear your story.