Delays in Emergency Department Care Due to New York Medical Malpractice

Hospitals, Medical Malpractice Mistakes

Common Causes of Delays in Emergency Department Care: How to Know When it is New York Medical Malpractice

When we go to the emergency department, we expect emergency care.  Yes, there are far too many people who go to the emergency department like it is a primary care office.  Meaning that they go for every little ailment or sickness, when they really need to go to an urgent care or primary care facility.  That is why we expect nurses, physicians assistants, or doctors to properly triage and assess patients coming into the emergency department with real ailments that need immediate treatment.  Delays in emergency department care are serious.  The failure to do so could result in serious personal injuries and even wrongful death, and it could be due to New York medical malpractice.

Common Causes of Delays in Emergency Department Care

There are many health emergencies which must be immediately treated.  Here are some common causes of delays in emergency rooms which could be due to New York medical malpractice:

  • Understaffing;
  • Inexperienced staffing;
  • Too few triage nurses/staff;
  • Improperly trained triage staff;
  • Improperly triaging patients;
  • Slow providers or unconcerned providers;
  • Staff distractions;
  • Hospital protocol inefficiencies or failures;
  • Hospital equipment failures and mistakes; and
  • Many other causes.

Common Delayed Conditions Which Could Lead to Serious Personal Injury

With the above common causes which could be New York medical malpractice, there are many which could result in very serious and permanent injuries.  Here are some of the common conditions which are misdiagnosed and result in serious injuries:

  • Aortic dissections;
  • Strokes;
  • Heart attacks;
  • Pulmonary Embolisms;
  • Crushing injuries;
  • Internal bleeding;
  • Traumatic brain injuries;
  • Sepsis;
  • Shock;
  • Large lacerations or bleeding;
  • Multiple organ failure;
  • Allergic reactions; and
  • Many other conditions.

If a healthcare provider fails to timely treat a patient with these ailments and provisions, it could result in very serious personal injuries and even the wrongful death of a patient.  Doctors and healthcare providers must be held liable for these mistakes to protect patient’s rights overall.

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