Urgent Care And Emergency Room Negligence: How Patients Bear The Burdens Of Inadequate Care

Life-or-death decisions often take place in emergency rooms. The treating doctors and staff have a grave responsibility to identify life-threatening situations, make a swift and accurate diagnosis, and undertake appropriate treatment.

All too often, emergency rooms are chaotic, overcrowded and understaffed. The fast-paced nature of emergency room practice makes it inherently challenging. And a nationwide shortage of on-call ER physicians — especially specialists — creates an environment ripe for negligence.

Urgent care clinics pose their own sets of risks. While they may not have the same overburdened volume as ERs, they typically do not have the same level of highly trained emergency physicians and are often staffed by family care or general practice doctors. Additionally, they may not have the diagnostic equipment and treatment facilities necessary for providing the right level of care. Their failure to promptly transfer patients to a better-suited facility can result in dangerous delays.

When Oversights Lead To Irreversible Harm

One of the most common types of ER/urgent care negligence is failure to diagnose and treat life-threatening conditions such as:

  • Heart attack
  • Pulmonary embolism
  • Stroke
  • Aneurysms
  • Appendicitis
  • Kidney failure
  • Liver failure

In a rush to move on to the next patient, doctors sometimes overlook critical information. They send the patient home with assurances that nothing major is wrong. Only later — after the patient suffers tremendous and perhaps irreversible harm — does it come to light that something went very wrong.

What To Do When You Suspect Negligence

When you suspect that emergency room negligence or urgent care errors contributed to your injuries — or to the serious injuries or loss of a loved one — you deserve answers. At the Law Offices of Bereznoff & Little, we can help you get those answers. We are committed to giving you the knowledge you need to make informed decisions.

Drawing on more than 50 years of combined experience, our lawyers will undertake a thorough assessment of your situation to find out what went wrong.

Attorney Greg Bereznoff obtained a $1.1 million settlement in a case involving ER malpractice. Read more about the substantial results our lawyers have won for malpractice victims and their loved ones.

The first step is to arrange a free initial consultation. Call our office in Troy, Michigan, at 248-733-3065 or contact us online to start pursuing answers. You won't pay any attorney fees unless we win compensation for you.