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An emergency room error can jeopardize your life

Many of the injuries suffered by New Jersey residents require immediate medical attention. Like them, odds are that at some point in your life, you have been to an emergency room for this reason. While there, you relied on the medical staff to quickly and efficiently diagnose your illness or injury and get you the treatment you need. Unfortunately, the possibility of an emergency room error jeopardizing your life may be in the back of your mind.

Without a doubt, emergency rooms are busy and there always seems to be a lot going on there. However, that does not negate the duty that all medical personnel owe to the patients, including you and your loved ones. Moving too quickly could easily cause something crucial to be missed by a doctor or other medical personnel.

One of the biggest problems that many people cite when a mistake occurs is communication. If a doctor fails to take the time to obtain accurate information, whether from medical records, another staff member or you, it could be deadly. Certain symptoms should cause doctors to pause and rethink what may be happening. If you end up with a different doctor during your ER visit, be sure that the last doctor or a nurse brought him or her up to speed. 

Even when you attempt to make sure that you do not suffer harm at the hands of emergency room medical staff, the real responsibility is on them. While you are under their care, an emergency room error should not occur. However, if you believe a mistake in the ER cost your loved one his or her life, you may be able to pursue claims for monetary damages through a medical malpractice claim in a New Jersey civil court.

Source:, "Tips to avoid medical errors in the emergency department", Roneet Lev, M.D., Accessed on Oct. 4, 2017

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