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Emergency Room Errors
Emergency Room Errors

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Attorney at Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers

Norfolk-Based Legal Team Provides an Aggressive Response to Emergency Room Errors

Virginia medical malpractice attorneys get you back on your feet

Emergency rooms and urgent care centers are known for crowded conditions and long waits. Emergency room (ER) personnel, therefore, must work quickly and efficiently to prioritize and attend to patients' needs without overlooking major issues. ER physicians and nurses are trained to deal with this unrelenting pressure while providing patients with a standard of care deemed reasonable within the medical community. Occasionally, though, things go wrong in understaffed and chaotic ERs. When you or a loved one has been harmed by emergency room negligence, our experienced and respected attorneys at Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers are ready to help.

A chaotic work environment leads to medical errors

The chaos and long hours that many ER doctors and nurses regularly endure sometimes lead to errors. This pressurized environment results in inattentive treatment, misdiagnosis, and other mistakes, which can have serious and even tragic consequences. Even more unsettling, some hospitals fail to staff their ERs with competent medical professionals, leaving a much wider margin for error and medical negligence.

Facing common emergency room errors

According to the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), delayed or missed diagnoses account for half of all emergency room errors. In addition to missed diagnoses, other common emergency room errors include:

  • Surgical errors — Surgical errors are caused by both human error and technical malfunction, but the results of either kind of mistake can be catastrophic. These mistakes can happen during major surgery or minor procedures.
  • Medication and anesthesia errors — The wrong dosage or wrong medication can cause devastating harm to unsuspecting patients. Anesthesia errors are particularly life threatening.  
  • Failure to order appropriate tests — In a busy ER, doctors sometimes forget to order basic tests such as blood work or diagnostic imaging, which can lead to a misdiagnosis.  
  • Misinterpreting test results — An on-call physician who misses a fracture on an X-ray or fails to flag an irregularity in your blood test can cause you serious and sometimes irreparable harm. 
  • Contaminated blood transfusions — While ours is a relatively safe blood supply, blood-borne pathogens can be transmitted through transfusions. 
  • EMT or physician neglect — You put your life in the hands of emergency medical technicians when you’re transported to a hospital by ambulance. Then, from the moment you arrive at the ER until you’re discharged, your life is in the hands of ER doctors, nurses and other hospital staff. If their care is neglectful, you have a right to seek damages.

Medical negligence may contribute to undue injury, a new illness, or even wrongful death. If you or someone you love has suffered because of a doctor’s (or a hospital’s) neglect, you deserve compensation for any losses or unexpected expenses. Doctors and hospitals normally have malpractice insurance to cover ER-related patient injuries.

How Cooper Hurley can help

John Cooper and Jim Hurley have decades of cumulative experience as medical malpractice lawyers. They have a network of accomplished physicians and are adept at understanding and unraveling complicated medical cases. They know how to uncover evidence to make hospitals and insurance companies pay for the harm done to you. Attorneys John Cooper and Jim Hurley know what patients face when they file a medical malpractice lawsuit. As your advocates, they fight tirelessly on your behalf while you take the time to heal.

Contact accomplished medical malpractice lawyers to take your first step to recovery

At Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers, we know how financially, physically and emotionally devastating medical negligence can be for you and your family.  You can call us at 757.455.0077 or contact us online day or night for immediate service. From our main office in Norfolk, we handle catastrophic injury cases throughout Virginia, North Carolina and West Virginia. 

John Cooper

John Cooper is a veteran of personal injury law practice in Virginia. A native Virginian, he was raised in Norfolk and Virginia Beach. He has more than 20 years of experience handling personal injury cases and recently handled the largest auto accident settlement in 2010, according to VA Lawyers Weekly. The award provided $3.5 million to a child whose young father died when the vehicle he was a passenger in was rear-ended by a careless truck driver.

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Jim Hurley

Jim Hurley has been practicing law throughout Virginia for more than two-and-a-half decades. During his career, he has tried more than 100 jury trials — a staggering number — and handled hundreds more that were settled out of court. He is guided by the principle that the client is in charge of his or her case and should be kept fully aware of the litigation process. Jim has been awarded an AV Rating by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating given, for his practice of law. He was named in Virginia Super Lawyers in 2014, 2015, 2016.

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Bill O’mara

Bill O’Mara started his legal career in 2008, moving back to his home town of Chesapeake, VA. He has practiced in the field of plaintiffs’ personal injury and other litigation. He has gained extensive court room and trial experience, including contested trials before judges and juries across Hampton Roads. In 2014, Mr. O’Mara joined Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers as an associate attorney. He became a partner in 2017.

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