One of the cardinal rules of an emergency room is that doctors should treat the patient with the most serious or life-threatening injuries before any other. So a patient with possible brain damage is treated before another patient with a broken arm. This process is known as triage.
When a doctor fails to correctly assess the severity of a patient’s injury and treat it in a timely manner, that person can suffer lasting harm or even death that might have otherwise been avoided. Emergency room personnel must make accurate decisions to ensure that patients with the most severe conditions do not have to wait an excessive period of time to be treated. If this system fails due to a doctor’s underassessment, that doctor may be held liable for medical malpractice.
In order to effectively pursue litigation involving triage errors, you need the help of experienced New York medical malpractice attorneys. Here at Rheingold Giuffra Ruffo Plotkin & Hellman LLP, we have over forty years of experience in handling medical malpractice claims. We have access to medical experts who can help determine whether a doctor made a serious error in determining emergency room triage.
If you or a loved one were injured due to negligent emergency room care, or if you have questions about possible malpractice, contact our firm online or by telephone.