Emergency room doctors in New York and across the country face a number of challenges, including lack of staff, insufficient medical records and language barriers. A new study from The Doctors Company, a medical malpractice insurance provider, identified the difficulties of ER medicine and cited diagnosis problems as the top reason for lawsuits against ER doctors.
Looking at information from 332 claims against ER doctors between 2007 and 2013, the study showed that 57 percent of the claims arose from diagnosis issues. This category includes failing to make a differential diagnosis and not taking into account available clinical information about a patient. The likelihood that an ER doctor does not know a patient contributes to the errors made in assessing the patient's condition.