Like most New Mexico residents, you more than likely went to the emergency room due to an urgent medical issue of yours or a loved one. You expected the doctors, nurses and other hospital staff to be professional, diligent and accurate in their diagnosis and treatment. Unfortunately, due to any number of factors, that does not always happen, and you or your loved one could have suffered serious or deadly health consequences because of negligence.

Emergency rooms here in New Mexico and around the country are busy. Staff members are often forced to divide their attention among many patients, get in a hurry and are fatigued. They might not take an accurate medical and family history, listen to all of the symptoms or they otherwise fail to gather all of the information needed in order to make an accurate diagnosis. A misdiagnosis can lead to a treatment that exacerbates and worsens the real condition.

Even if the diagnosis is correct, any delay or error in treatment — including medication errors — could prove serious or deadly. A delayed diagnosis could also worsen a condition, especially if you or your loved one were deteriorating rapidly. Emergency room personnel take your life, or the life of your loved one, into their hands, and if they fail to meet current medical standards of treatment, the results could be catastrophic.

Serious injuries alter lives forever. If you believe that something was amiss during an emergency room visit, have every right to contact a medical malpractice attorney. An investigation involving the review of medical records, the circumstances surrounding the trip to the emergency room and other documentation could reveal whether negligence occurred. If so, your attorney can discuss your legal options, up to and including the filing of a claim for financial redress.