District of Columbia E.R. Medical Malpractice – Where Is the Line Between Acting in an Emergency and Negligence?

Most of us have probably been to the emergency room at some point, whether to accompany someone else or have one of our own ailments treated. Unlike a standard doctor’s office, none of the patients waiting planned on needing medical attention, so the atmosphere can often be quite hectic, panic-stricken, and stressful. Behind the doors of the waiting room, doctors are also frantically working to keep people alive and well

Time Gets Low, but Standards Don’t – E.R. Medical Malpractice in Washington, D.C.

First responders to the scene of an accident—including emergency medical technicians (EMTs), firefighters, and flight attendants—are protected by certain laws designed specifically for providers of emergency services. The reason these laws exist is to encourage these responders to treat a victim as quickly as possible without fear of legal retribution.

Emergency room professionals, including doctors and nurses, are not offered the same protection. Just as any other doctor is held to the same standards as another competent doctor in the same situation, emergency room doctors are expected to use the same caution and care as doctors in a standard practice setting.

While medical professionals are all under pressure to perform responsibly and correctly, emergency room doctors and nurses are under intense time constraints in the emergency room setting. This does not exempt them from being held liable should they act negligently or delay your examination to the point that you are harmed further.

Virginia, Maryland, and D.C. emergency room medical malpractice can be very complicated to navigate on your own. Unlike medical malpractice by doctors of other practices, when a victim would file suit against that particular doctor, hospitals are typically liable for the negligent actions of the attending emergency room doctors. Hospitals often have their own legal teams on hand to protect the facility and employees of the facility, and can be formidable opponents in the courtroom.

Who Do You Call When You Have a D.C. Medical Malpractice Suit on Your Hands?

If you have been wrongly injured because of an emergency room visit that went awry due to an emergency room doctor’s negligence, you should not try to fight the hospital on your own. Talk your case over with the D.C., Virginia, and Maryland medical malpractice lawyers at Lewis & Tompkins today—call 202.296.0666 to schedule a free consultation now.

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