There is no question that ER doctors and nurses are often nothing short of heroes, as they save patients’ lives on a regular basis.  Yet, sometimes these same medical professionals make serious mistakes. These ER errors can lead to significant injuries.

There are some things you can do before and during your trip to the ER. While not all ER mistakes are avoidable, by being proactive, you should be able to reduce your risk of injury.
  1. Bring a medical file. Put together a folder that contains your medical records, such as doctor visits and X-ray results. Also, include a list of medications you are taking in this file. If you ever need to go to the ER, grab your medical folder.
  2. Write down everything that happens while you are at the emergency room. If you do not have the capacity to document the details of your visit, ask your loved one to do it for you.  Write down the name of the person treating you, the medications you were given and the treatment that was administered.
  3. Tell everyone about your allergies.  If you are allergic to certain medications, make sure the ER doctor and nurses are fully aware.  You can refer to the list you created in your medical file.
  4. Make sure your discharge instructions are clear.  It is important that you completely understand what you need to do following your trip to the ER.

If you are injured by an ER mistake, you may be able to pursue a Virginia medical malpractice claim. Find out more by reading the book, Why Most Medical Malpractice Victims Never Recover a Dime. The book is FREE to Virginia residents.
Ben Glass
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Ben Glass is a nationally recognized Virginia injury, medical malpractice, and long-term disability attorney
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