You have been rushed into the emergency room because you are not “acting right.” Your speech has become slurred, your body is not reacting appropriately, you are having trouble walking and thinking appropriately. In your mind you are grateful that this happened at the office party because you don’t know what you would have done on your own.
What Else Can Go Wrong?
You are checked into the ER and examined by the nurse. A doctor shortly follows who can smell the alcohol on you and your friend that is patiently waiting at your bedside. Your friend tells them both of you were at an office party, and you have had at least two drinks apiece. The doctor nods his head and then informs your friend to take you home and let you “sleep it off.” He has determined that you have apparently had more to drink than you let on. You try to protest, but you cannot get the words out.
The truth is you have suffered a stroke. If the doctor had taken the time to evaluate the symptoms and conduct the standard tests to determine the cause of your problems, you would have received the proper treatment. However, your diagnosis was made on an assumption, not medical fact, and that is clearly malpractice.
Were You A Victim Of Malpractice?
While many people can justify the doctors actions stated above, the truth is he did not provide proper medical care. Whether you ask a Montana or a Virginia personal injury lawyer , they will assure you that even if you have been drinking, you are entitled to receive the same amount of consideration and care at the ER as anyone else.
A stroke can be devastating to a person, especially if not treated immediately. It can cause life-long paralysis, cause damage to the brain, or lead to additional problems with various functions of the body. The fact that the patient above was not treated immediately is a clear case of negligence.
What Can You Do?
If you are a victim of medical malpractice, you have specific rights under the law for compensation. You may be entitled to lost wages, medical care so that you may recover from the malpractice event, and possibly pain and suffering. Additionally, depending on the severity of the malpractice case, you may also be entitled to compensation for lifetime medical care.
If you have been injured in this manner, you should seek the medical attention you need to stabilize your health, and then seek the services of a personal injury attorney. An injury attorney can review your case and determine who is at fault for the negligent actions and what types of compensation you are entitled to under the law.
There is a degree of expectation that a person has when they enter a medical facility. It is common belief that you enter the facility to receive medical care for your condition. It is never the belief of the patient that they will not receive the necessary tests or treatments to help their condition. When the medical providers fail to give this type of treatment, it is usually due to a negligent action and results in malpractice. While monetary compensation cannot eliminate the suffering or damage that this action has caused, it can help relieve the financial burdens associated with the problem.
Ann Bailey provides this scenario to benefit anyone who has experienced a level of neglect while in emergency care. The Virginia personal injury lawyer offices of Price Benowitz, LLP assist clients who are victims of any kind of medical neglect or malpractice in the greater Northern Virginia/DC area.
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