In recent years, emergency rooms have become overwhelmed with patients who have nowhere else to turn for medical help. Although Houston emergency room staff members typically try their hardest to care for all their patients in a responsible manner, patients can be ignored or rushed through treatment because of the high numbers of patients passing through.
Emergency room visits increased by over 30 percent between 2000 and 2010. It’s also been estimated that this increase in patients has brought a corresponding 25 percent increase in wait times. Overcrowding and wait times can cause an increase in patient mortality rates. In addition to increased rates of mortality, patients are now receiving less attentive care when they visit the ER, and they may not receive the treatment they need. Some common issues when visiting an emergency room include misdiagnosis, inaccurate tests, the wrong medications, and delayed treatment.
Although in Texas medical malpractice suits can be difficult to bring, if you have been harmed by a doctor’s negligence, you should speak with an attorney. If you or a family member has been injured due to negligence in an emergency room, you have the right to pursue a medical malpractice case. It is important to find a law firm that is experienced in medical malpractice cases.
Call the Houston medical malpractice attorneys at Kennedy Hodges if you have been injured in an emergency room due to negligence. We can help. Call us today at 855-947-0707, or visit us on LinkedIn to learn more about the firm.