The Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act (EMTALA) has been the law of the land since 1986. According to this law, hospitals and ambulance services that accept Medicare payments are required to provide care to anyone, regardless of legal status or ability to pay. Patients must be stabilized before discharge or transferred to another appropriate hospital if necessary.
Emergency room personnel, including nurses, doctors and technicians, are, of course, held to the same standards of medical care that all health care providers are. Failure to diagnose a serious condition can lead to serious health crises and fatalities that could have been prevented.
New Jersey Emergency Room Errors Lawyers Can Advise You of Your Rights
What legal rights do you have if you reported to an emergency room with serious symptoms and were turned away, made to wait too long to be seen by a doctor, misdiagnosed or mistreated? If your symptoms were not properly diagnosed and treated, and you experienced a medical emergency such as the following shortly thereafter, you may be entitled to compensation:
- Heart attack
- Respiratory failure
- Psychiatric emergency, such as suicide or violence toward others
Contact a Ridgewood Medical Error Attorney
Seigel Capozzi Law Firm LLC represents victims of emergency room malpractice in New Jersey. Emergency room errors may include medication errors, surgical errors or failure to diagnose a serious medical condition. If you or a family member has suffered injury or loss as a result of a medical error, contact us by phone or e-mail to schedule a no-obligation consultation.
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