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Emergency Room Errors

Emergency Room Errors Lawyer in Phoenix, AZ

Arizona medical malpractice attorneys serving Yuma, Chandler, Glendale, Tucson and Phoenix.

Emergency rooms are chaotic places, so it is not surprising that they are all too frequently the site of tragic mistakes resulting in medical malpractice and wrongful death. Emergency room physicians have to make life and death judgments not only quickly, but accurately. Part of being an emergency room doctor or nurse is being able to provide quality medical care under pressure. A delay in treatment, a misdiagnosis, or a failure to diagnose a serious condition can have serious consequences.  Some common consequences that emergency room errors can have are:  Birth injuries, cerebral palsy, other brain injuries, and other types of child injuries.  If you or someone you care for have been the victim of emergency room errors, contact an experienced emergency room error attorney in Phoenix, AZ for a free legal consultation.


Misdiagnosis is the most prevalent emergency room error. Heart attacks are often misdiagnosed as indigestion, brain injuries and life-threatening infections are often dismissed as a mere flu. Wrong diagnoses can allow a condition to worsen, which in turn can cause death. Extremely sick people have a difficult time calling attention to themselves; their conditions sometimes get worse as they are left waiting.



When ER staff fails to properly diagnose a life-threatening condition, such as heart attack, stroke, aneurysm, pancreatitis or pulmonary embolism, appendicitis, infection, or spinal cord injury…and then sends patient home prematurely, it is usually because of failures in ER procedure, including:

  • Failure to perform correct diagnostic tests
  • Failure to properly read x-rays and other tests
  • Failure to properly inform patient of test results
  • Failure to instruct the patient what to do next in terms of medication, wound treatment, or following up with another physician
  • Failure to bring in an appropriate specialist to consult
  • Failure to pay attention to a stated food or drug allergy
  • Failure of nurses and pharmacists to correctly process medication orders

All emergency room staff need to be held accountable if they have failed to provide an appropriate standard of care. If you or a family member has been harmed by something a medical professional either did that should not have been done, or failed to do that should have been done, you may be able to recover compensation for your losses resulting from the malpractice.  An experienced emergency room error lawyer in Phoenix, AZ can help you recover the proper amount of compensation for damages caused.

The law is on the side of victims of emergency room negligence, but to successfully do battle in court against deep-pocketed hospitals, you need the services of an experienced and successful medical malpractice attorney in Phoenix, AZ. Just because something went wrong in the ER, doesn’t mean the doctors, nurses, or hospital staff committed malpractice. Even the best medical care can potentially result in an adverse outcome. But in some cases, the adverse outcome would never have happened except for the negligent actions or omissions of healthcare workers. In cases such as these, victims deserve justice, and negligent medical practitioners deserve to be held accountable for the harm they have caused.

Medical malpractice cases can be difficult to prove, because not only do you need to clearly demonstrate that the healthcare professional made an error, you have to show that the error was the cause of the poor outcome. For this reason, it’s critical to have an aggressive and knowledgeable attorney fighting on your side, so that a jury can be made to see through the smoke and mirrors of excuses and mitigating factors thrown at them by the defendant’s team of attorneys.


The Phoenix emergency room errors attorney at Wattel & York understand the complexities of emergency room malpractice cases and have access to medical experts who can testify to the causative link between the medical error and the harm that it produced.

You have the right to be compensated for your losses, and we are here to give you the best shot at a monetary recovery. Contact us today for a free, no-obligation consultation and case evaluation. We serve ER victims in Yuma, Chandler, Glendale, Phoenix, Tucson and throughout Arizona.

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