Medical malpractice attorneys protecting patient’s rights
When patients visit a hospital or emergency room, they expect to receive the vital, lifesaving treatment doctors are obligated to perform under the law. Unfortunately, some facilities downplay the extent of a patient’s condition or fail to properly recognize the signs and symptoms of an adverse medical event.
When patients suffer serious harm because hospitals and doctors refuse to take appropriate steps, victims and family members may be able to hold wrongdoers accountable by filing emergency room negligence lawsuits. At The Cochran Firm, D.C., our experienced medical malpractice lawyers aggressively pursue emergency room failure to admit lawsuits to help ensure plaintiffs receive just compensation.
Why do emergency rooms refuse to admit patients?
The law expects doctors to provide patients with a standard of care consistent with what other physicians in a similar position would administer. This may include appropriate medical evaluations to gauge a patient’s condition upon intake at an emergency room or urgent care facility.
However, some physicians may overlook symptoms of a potentially life-threatening condition and allow a patient to languish in a waiting room while the situation becomes more serious. Sadly, these types of scenarios can turn tragic and cause life altering injuries or even fatality.
What symptoms should doctors look during an emergency room visit
Practicing medicine in an emergency room is a complex and sometimes chaotic practice but those factors alone should not absolve doctors from evaluating basic vital signs like heart rate, pulse, and respiration. Often times, nurses and hospital staff inquire whether patients have experienced dizziness, abdominal pain, or chest pain, depending on the symptoms presented.
Although these diagnostics are very basic, they can provide nurses and doctors with much of the necessary knowledge to make an informed decision about whether or not a patient needs to be admitted to the hospital. Vital signs and symptoms emergency rooms should evaluate to admit patients include:
- How much pain is the patient in?
- Body temperature
- Heart rate
- Respiratory rate
- Is the patient dizzy or light headed?
- Does the patient have chest or abdominal pain?