Emergency room malpractice can have deadly repercussions on a patient.
One of the most common types of malpractice in the ER deals with a misdiagnosis.
As a result of this, it is important that patient’s be sure to do certain things to make sure that they are helping their doctor treat the patient’s condition.
One of the most important things that a patient can do is be sure to be truthful with the doctor while in the ER.
That is not the time to minimize your complaints or be a hero.
If the doctor does not get the full story as to your complaints it will be hard for the doctor to get to the right diagnosis for you, as a differential diagnosis is something that the doctor will be trying to perform.
Another area of importance is family history.
If you know for example that your mother suffered strokes, then this is something that you want to be sure to tell your doctor, especially if you are feeling dizzy and have a hard time speaking (slurred speech).
Finally, you can help by having a loved one or friend accompany you to the hospital.
This person may be able to help the doctors get the information that they need about your condition if you are not able to provide the information yourself.
All of these things are important and can help prevent errors from being made in your case.
To speak with someone further regarding emergency room malpractice, be it a misdiagnosis or some other type of error, this is what we invite you to do if your matter happened in Maryland.
Pick up the phone and give us a call.
We can be reached at 301-850-4832.
We answer questions like yours all the time regarding Maryland medical malpractice law and we would be glad to listen to your story.