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Emergency room doctors and medical malpractice

People in Illinois may be interested in a study that demonstrates some of the reasons why emergency room physicians are sued much more frequently than are other doctors. The study was conducted by the nation's largest medical malpractice insurance company, and the results were released on April 13.

According to the researchers, emergency room doctors are more prone to make diagnostic mistakes due to the fact that they deal with many different patients who have a wide variety of medical problems. This is compounded by the fact that the emergency room physicians do not normally know the people they treat and may not be aware of their medical histories.

The study reviewed 332 different medical malpractice cases. The most common patient complaints included diagnostic errors in 57 percent of the claims, 13 percent in which the patients' emergency medical problems were not managed properly, 3 percent involving medication errors or failures to order medication and 5 percent that involved improper procedure performance leading to injury. Additional factors that were identified as contributing ones included poor clinical documentation, communication barriers and increased workflow at nights and on weekends when fewer staff were available.

A person who has suffered further injury due to a emergency room doctor's possible medical error may wish to consult with a medical malpractice attorney in order to determine the remedies that may be able to be pursued. An attorney will often being by reviewing the client's medical records and the documentation from the client's visit to the facility for treatment. In the event it appears that the doctor provided negligent care, it may be advisable to file a medical malpractice lawsuit against both the physician and the health care facility seeking compensation for the losses that have been sustained.

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