Every hospital has guidelines for the decisions emergency department personnel must make to promote the best outcomes for patients and to create efficiency. Staff must be highly trained not only as to their field of expertise but also in relation to those guidelines.
They must quickly assess each patient and decide whether to treat them on the spot, admit them for surgery or other care or send them home with medication and reassurance. The risk to patients is that the workload under which staff are put and the need for efficiency leads them to errors that would not ordinarily be made.
Errors made in the course of emergency medical treatment can cause permanent injury. We understand how life-changing emergency medical mistakes can be.
Damage claims can be made for emergency medical treatment subject to proving the conduct of the medical professional did not meet an acceptable standard for Australia.
To succeed in an action for damages in medical matters, the connection between the medical error and the resulting symptoms must also be proved. Emergency medicine error injuries can result from numerous causes:
- Turning away patients assuming there is no significant medical condition or injury;
- Failure to perform an adequate physical examination;
- Failure to diagnose fractures or joint injuries;
- Failure to recognise a cauda equina condition;
- Failure to perform x-rays or other diagnostic tests and scans;
- Failure to diagnose acute conditions such as appendicitis, meningitis or chest pain;
- Inadequately performed closed fracture manipulations.
A failure to diagnose does not in itself mean medical negligence. Speak to our Emergency Medicine Lawyers Brisbane and QLD-wide at Carter Capner Law. Our Emergency Medicine Lawyers can help determine whether there may be grounds to investigate a claim.
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