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Visiting the emergency room means that you have a condition that requires immediate medical attention to resolve, and the last thing you expect to happen is to be further injured during your trip to the ER. When a medical professional causes harm when they are providing treatment, it is known as medical malpractice. Hospitals and medical professionals carry medical malpractice insurance so that if someone is harmed, the insurance company provides them with compensation for their injuries.

If you have been injured instead of healed at the emergency room, you could be entitled to compensation. For a review of your case to explore options, reach out to one of the experienced medical malpractice attorneys from Dan Chapman and Associates.

Medical Malpractice can Cause Significant Injuries and Related Costs

The purpose of the emergency room is to treat injuries that could lead to death or permanent disability as soon as possible. The idea is that the sooner that serious conditions are addressed, the better the likelihood of a positive outcome becomes. However, emergency rooms are often understaffed and doctors and other health care professionals may be dealing with many different patients with serious, life-threatening conditions.  Providing quality care requires near-perfect communication, attention, and adherence to procedures.  This is not always the case, unfortunately.   Serious errors may occur because:

  • The hospital is understaffed
  • The staff is not adequately well-trained
  • The staff does not communicate effectively
  • Doctors are distracted or overworked.
  • and a whole host of other reasons

Serious errors and medical malpractice leave patients with lasting injuries and even worsen or exacerbate the injury or illness that sent them to the emergency room in the first place.  When this happens, the patient faces not only the cost of the treatment they needed to receive but also the cost of treatments associated with their medical malpractice injury.

Your Damages Include Medical Costs, Lost Earnings Value, and Potentially Pain and Suffering

When you are injured as a result of an emergency room injury or another form of medical malpractice, you are entitled to compensation. Your compensation includes coverage for your short-term costs linked to the injury like emergency room bills and lost wages. Additionally, your damages also cover long-term costs like ongoing medical treatment or medications and any negative impact on your earnings that your injuries might result in.

You can only collect compensation for damages that you can prove with evidence. To measure the impact of your present injury on your long-term health, follow-up opinions from medical experts are essential. Your medical malpractice attorney from Dan Chapman and Associates has a local network of medical experts and will provide you with a referral and schedule your appointment for you to collect the evidence you need to be fully compensated.

Connect with a Medical Malpractice Attorney to Help on Your Case Today

Being injured rather than healed in the emergency room can complicate your life and extend the duration of time it takes you to recover from the underlying injury. Emergency room injuries and other forms of medical malpractice are covered by the provider’s medical malpractice insurance, and collecting what you are entitled to requires that you collect evidence and file a claim with their insurance company.

While it would be ideal if your compensation happened automatically after being injured, this is not the case. You must collect evidence, file a claim, and either negotiate a settlement or take the insurance company to court if they refuse to provide it. Your medical malpractice attorney handles all of this for you.

For a free case assessment to explore options on your emergency room or another medical malpractice-related injury, schedule a consultation with Dan Chapman and Associates now!