Maryland emergency rooms are hectic, crowded places where important decisions are made every hour of every day. The doctors, nursers, and staff members assigned to the emergency room must adhere to the universal standards of care that you can find in any medical profession or facility across the United States. It is when the emergency room personal fail to live up to these standards that a patient may be a victim of medical malpractice. In this blog from the Law Offices of Nicholas J Del Pizzo we will advise you on what you need to know about medical malpractice in the emergency room.
You Need to Prove Negligence
In the event that the emergency room personal failed to live up to the standard of medical care, it is important to prove that the department was negligent in the handling of your medical care. A victim of medical malpractice must show that the doctors and medical staff ignored him or her, failed to order proper testing, or refused to consult further with specialists. In the event that one of these situations occurred a hospital may be liable for the acts of private, non-employee physicians and other health care providers under contract.
You were refused treatment
A hospital that receives medicare funding are subject to the rules of the Emergency Medical Treatment Active Labor Act which requires that hospitals must provide appropriate medical screening to any person requesting medical treatment in the emergency room. This is to determine if a medical condition does in fact exist. If a medical condition does exist, the hospital must stabilize the condition before discharging or transferring the patient to another medical facility. In the event that the hospital does not adhere to the rules of the Emergency Medical Treatment Active Labor Act, the patient may be entitled to compensation.
The first responders were reckless
First responders in Maryland are protected against medical malpractice lawsuits according to law. They are only liable in the event that they committed a reckless, intentional act that caused further injury or harm to the patient.
About the Law Offices of Nicholas J Del Pizzo
Doctors have to follow basic standards of care. When they fail in that responsibility, people get hurt or die while in their care. At the Law Offices of Nicholas J Del Pizzo we represent clients victimized by medical malpractice. If you are the victim of a doctor’s lack of care, or have lost a loved one because of medical malpractice contact our law firm immediately. That physician must be held accountable.