The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs sets forth specific steps that should happen when you arrive at the emergency department.
VA Emergency Room Standards
If you go to the Louisville VA Medical Center Emergency Department, you should expect to be:
- Assigned a bed and receive immediate treatment, if you arrive by ambulance or you are unconscious.
- Assessed by an experienced registered nurse (RN), if you do not come by ambulance and you are conscious.
- Triaged. The triage team should evaluate your condition, assign you to the right part of the emergency room, and make sure the most seriously ill patients are seen first.
- Examined. A doctor should see you and order the right tests to diagnose your condition.
- Treated. If necessary, you should be admitted to the hospital. If appropriate, you may be provided with the right medications, given a treatment plan, and advised to follow up with a doctor within a certain amount of time.
It would be irresponsible and impractical to provide you with a specific amount of time that is reasonable for you to wait. A reasonable amount of time depends on your unique health condition, the health conditions of the other patients, and the number of other patients in the emergency room at the same time as you.
If, however, Louisville VA Medical Center Emergency Department staff fail to use reasonable care in assessing, triaging, and treating your condition and the resulting delay in medical care hurt you, you could have a legal claim.
To learn more about your rights and how to protect your financial recovery, please contact our experienced Kentucky delay in medical care medical malpractice attorneys as soon as possible for a free and confidential consultation. Our lawyers and staff nurse will review your claim and do everything that we can to make sure that you receive a fair and just recovery.