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Emergency Room Errors

Charleston, IL Emergency Room Error Attorneys

An over 20-Year History Fighting for Patients Harmed by ER Malpractice

We go to the emergency room (ER) in a complicated state of mind. In addition to being injured or ill, we are scared and confused. Most importantly, we are dependent. When we walk in that door, we put our own experiences and everyday knowledge aside and we trust in the experience and knowledge of the physicians and healthcare professionals to take care of us or our loved one.

We have all heard of a heart attack and stroke. We all know that an aneurysm can be life-threatening. But we also realize that we are not in a position to diagnose and treat ourselves or our loved ones. We understand that when a medical emergency is upon us, we don't have time to do our research and select a doctor based upon credentials or past success. We must put our trust in a stranger's hands.

Of course, most of the time, the medical personnel at emergency rooms do everything in a timely and proper manner. Sometimes, despite the very best medical care, death is unavoidable. Sometimes, the medical professionals fail us. When this happens, the results can be devastating.

If you received substandard care at an emergency room, The Tapella & Eberspacher Law Firm is standing by to offer experienced guidance. Our Charleston, IL ER malpractice lawyers understand what signs to look for in errors or mistakes by emergency room personnel. We expose such errors to help our clients recover maximum compensation for their injuries, working toward a better quality of life.

Contact our Charleston, IL or St. Louis, MO offices today for a free review of your claim. We have recovered millions in verdicts and settlements for our clients.

Procedures & Regulations Are Meant to Prevent ER Errors

The emergency room at a hospital is a stressful place not only for the physicians and medical personnel but also the patients. It is a very fast-paced environment that requires a sharp mind, the ability to multi-task, speed, and proper training. There are regulations in place to protect the injured and the ill. Hospital physicians, nurses, and other medical personnel are charged with following a certain emergency room protocol to ensure that mistakes are avoided. They have a duty to treat medical emergencies in a certain way and when they fail to do so, they may be held liable.

While each hospital implements its own individual goals and standards, there are some federal and statewide mandates as well. A hospital is required to evaluate and treat time-sensitive matters, such as potential heart attacks and strokes, within a certain time frame. If a patient presents to the ER with symptoms of such emergencies, that patient is to be given priority. Also, hospitals are not permitted to turn down patients without health insurance if they are experiencing a medical emergency. For example, if a pregnant woman arrives at the ER in labor, but she does not carry health insurance, the hospital must treat her.

Even with such regulations in place, we still see medical mistakes.

Reasons Mistakes Occur

Many times, these mistakes are made simply because the hospital isn't ready for the patient for one or more of the following reasons:

  • Failure to have a proper number of doctors and nurses working per shift
  • Poor record-keeping
  • Lack of communication between the hospital staff and treating physicians/doctors
  • Unsanitary working conditions
  • Failure to employ competent doctors and staff
  • Overworked or overtired staff
  • Inadequate training
  • Inadequate facility to treat common conditions

Emergency room medical errors can cause varying degrees of harm. The error may lead to a misdiagnosis, a missed diagnosis, ongoing harm, lack of treatment, unnecessary treatment, and even death. When medical personnel fail to properly treat a patient, the harm can be evident immediately or may not be known until after the patient is back at home. The Tapella & Eberspacher Law Firm has handled countless emergency room medical errors cases across Central and Southern Illinois.

Common Types of Medical Errors in Emergency Rooms

There are various types of emergency room errors we see in our practice. These include:

  • Failure to timely treat a medical emergency
  • Failure to fully evaluate a condition presented
  • Failure to adhere to the diagnosis differential
  • Failure to stabilize before the transfer of patient
  • Delayed diagnosis
  • Failure to diagnosis
  • Misdiagnosis
  • Failure to treat due to lack of health insurance
  • Medication and prescription error
  • Failure to monitor
  • Surgical errors
  • Unsanitary practices
  • Patient dumping
  • Wrongful discharge of a patient
  • Failure to take a complete patient history

We all realize that sometimes there is simply nothing the emergency room doctors can do for us. Sometimes, despite their very best care, we are left with an unfavorable outcome for us or our loved ones. But when a hospital makes an error based upon one of the above examples, it is medical malpractice. Such mistakes are not supposed to happen.

ER Error Lawyers in Central & Southern Illinois

No healthcare professional or hospital wants to admit fault, but if they have failed to provide standard care to an emergency room patient, they should be held accountable. Our Charleston, IL ER error lawyers recognize the complexity of these claims and take care to provide tenacious, strategic counsel to expose malpractice and present the true value of our clients’ cases.

Call (217) 394-5885 or fill out our online contact form for your free consultation.

A History of success

millions recovered for our clients
  • Wrongful Death $5,900,000 Verdict
  • Hospital Negligence $5,400,000 Settlement
  • Medical Malpractice $4,000,000 Settlement
  • Tractor Death and Injury $2,400,000 Settlement
  • Medical Malpractice $2,100,000 Settlement
  • Truck Accident Resulting in Eye Injuries $2,000,000 Settlement
  • Negligent Care $1,750,000 Verdict
  • Product Liability $1,750,000 Settlement
  • Hospital Negligence $1,245,000 Settlement
  • Worker Killed by a Pickup Truck Driver $1,200,000 Settlement
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  • Unwavering Dedication

    We will fight for a just outcome & won’t give up in the face of difficult or unexpected challenges.

  • A Record of Proven Results

    Over our hundred years of combined legal experience, we have recovered millions of dollars for injured clients.

  • Respected in Our Community

    When attorneys need an attorney, they call us. Over 200 attorneys routinely refer clients to our capable & qualified team.

  • Compassionate Advocacy

    We genuinely care about the outcome of your case & commit to standing by your side every step of the way. 

  • Committed to Our Clients

    We pride ourselves in going the extra mile to make all of our clients feel comfortable, well-informed, and secure.

  • Clear Communication

    Our attorneys are committed to actively listening to our clients and to setting realistic, justifiable expectations.

Client testimonials

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  • “Highly recommended.”

    - Wendy G.
  • “Bill is very hard-working and he has a great team as well. They go above and beyond.”

    - Donna S.
  • “When I got hurt, I almost lost everything. Bill Tapella was there for me and helped me put my life together.”

    - Brenda M.
  • “Thank you for all of your hard and honest work. You made this not-so-good experience work out in my favor.”

    - Sharetha N.
  • “Lindsay always kept me informed, responded promptly to my phone calls and emails, gave me sound legal advice and encouragement as I recovered from my injuries.”

    - Therese S.
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