What Happens When ER Staff Fail to Monitor or Observe a Patient

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ER patient left alone waiting for careMaybe the emergency room triage team did their job. Maybe they recognized that you were facing a serious medical condition, and a nurse or a doctor quickly saw you. Or, perhaps you had a long wait in the emergency room waiting room. Either way, nobody was watching you when you needed medical observation.

Your Condition Worsened, and No One Knew

Hospital emergency rooms owe patients a duty of care. That means that emergency room staff, including nurses and doctors, must use reasonable care in providing you with medical treatment. Medical treatment includes monitoring your symptoms, vital signs, and overall medical condition while you are in the emergency room.

Sometimes, there are physical signs that heart attacks, strokes, or other medical conditions are worsening and that you require immediate medical treatment. Medical treatment could mean the difference between life and death or a full recovery and permanent injuries. However, if doctors and nurses and are not closely observing you and watching for these changes, you could suffer injuries that you did not have to suffer.

What Happens If You Are Hurt?

If emergency room staff fail to monitor your condition and you are injured as a result, you have the right to take legal action. You can pursue a medical malpractice case to recover damages for things such as your past and future:

  • Medical costs
  • Lost income
  • Out-of-pocket costs
  • Physical pain
  • Emotional suffering
  • Other losses

An experienced delay-in-treatment medical malpractice lawyer can help you value all of your injuries. You can recover for the damages described above that are directly related to the injury you suffered due to medical negligence, but not for the underlying medical condition.

You were abandoned by the medical professionals who should have been watching you closely, but you will be well taken care of by the legal team at Gray and White Law. We purposefully represent a small number of clients so that we can provide each client with personal attention and care. Contact Gray & White today to schedule a free consultation to learn more about your rights and how we may be able to help you.