California ER Errors — Holding Healers Accountable
Emergency room (ER) errors are more common than you would think. In the ER, doctors and nurses alike are often overworked and highly stressed and fatigued. Mistakes begin to happen:
- A chronic ear infection is diagnosed as the flu instead of bacterial meningitis. The misdiagnosis and delayed treatment of this particular infection can result in serious damage to a person's hearing.
- A failure to diagnose a stomach ache as an appendix attack can result in serious injury. Failure to diagnose appendicitis may lead to rupture.
- Failure to do a complete neurological evaluation and brain scan after a head injury may lead to brain damage or death from an epidural hematoma.
- A failure to diagnose a medication reaction can result in catastrophic injury to the medicated person.
- Failure to obtain the appropriate consultant or order the appropriate tests, may lead to the wrong diagnosis and treatment
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As a medical doctor and a lawyer, our principal lawyer, Gerald Sugarman, has a deep understanding of what happens in an emergency room and how easy it is to make — and cover up — mistakes made on unsuspecting patients. If your care was not up to the standard of medical care you deserve and is required by law, you may seek a remedy by legal means.
Protecting the Rights of the Injured
Our law firm is dedicated to helping people who have suffered serious injuries due to ER errors that should never have happened. Our lawyer's more than three decades of experience in both the medical and legal professions give him an added ability to thoroughly investigate and uncover causes of serious injury. Dr. Sugarman reads between the lines of the medical records to discern whether a mistake has been made.
Why Medicine and the Law?
As a practicing physician, Dr. Sugarman witnessed an emergency medical technician tie off a newborn baby's umbilical cord with a clamp that had fallen on the floor. The clamp was not cleaned first. The child's belly button became infected. The infection went to the brain and the newborn was brain injured for life, for no reason other than a technician's carelessness.
According to an article published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), over 225,000 people die each year due to iatrogenic (doctor-induced) causes. This has become the third leading cause of death in the United States, after deaths from heart disease and cancer.