Dayton Emergency Room Mistakes
When you visit the emergency room to treat a serious medical problem, you expect the medical staff to handle your issues carefully and professionally. However, mistakes can occur in the emergency room – and many times, these mistakes can lead to serious injuries and worsening illnesses. If you are struggling with the aftermath of an emergency room mistake in Dayton, contact Elk & Elk immediately to discuss your case. You may be able to claim compensation for your injuries through a medical malpractice lawsuit.
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- Our attorneys have recovered over $1 billion in damages for our clients throughout our years of operation, including some of the largest settlements in Ohio.
- We operate on a contingency fee basis for your convenience – if we do not win your case, you do not pay legal fees.
- We operate multiple offices throughout Ohio for your convenience.
Common Causes of Emergency Room Negligence
Due to the hectic nature of emergency rooms, doctors and other medical professionals often do not spend as much time with their patients as they should. As a result, patients may not receive the care they need to recover and many will develop further injuries and illnesses.
Emergency room negligence can take many forms:
- When you take an ambulance to the hospital, you may be under the care of an emergency medical technician (EMT). Sometimes, these professionals commit errors in the vehicle and worsen your condition, such as not propping you up in the correct position or failing to administer proper emergency care.
- When you visit the emergency room, the doctor can fail to diagnose your condition accurately or fail to order tests or X-rays to treat you. In some cases, doctors may misinterpret X-rays or test results. As a result, you can suffer from a worsening injury or illness than you otherwise would have under the care of a competent doctor.
- Your doctor is responsible for providing you with proper aftercare after you leave the emergency room. If he or she gives you inadequate aftercare instructions, you could experience worsening symptoms and may return to the emergency room again.
What Damages Can You Seek in an Emergency Room Error Lawsuit?
Under Ohio state law, you have one year from the date that you suffered the medical error to file a medical malpractice lawsuit in civil court. If you could not have discovered your injury within this time frame, you could file your lawsuit up to four years after the date of the error. Through these lawsuits, you can claim compensatory damages for your economic and noneconomic injuries related to your injury or illness.
- Past and future medical expenses related to the worsening or additional condition
- Lost wages due to recovery time
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Loss of quality of life
- Permanent disability or impairment
Proving a Case of Medical Malpractice in Ohio
In Ohio courts, you and your attorney will have to satisfy a number of conditions to receive compensation for your injuries. You will have to prove that the at-fault party owed you a duty of care and breached that duty of care in a way that a similarly trained and educated doctor would not have. You will have to prove that this breach directly caused your injuries or illnesses and that you suffered damages you can recover via settlement.
Proving a case of medical malpractice can be extremely difficult without the resources of an emergency room error attorney. Are you suffering from injuries due to emergency room mistakes in Dayton, Ohio? Trust Elk & Elk to represent your claim – we have the resources and skills necessary to craft a compelling case on your behalf.
Contact us today to schedule your free consultation at our Dayton offices.