When someone suffers an injury and visits the emergency room in Pennsylvania, it is typically because immediate medical treatment is required. However, overcrowding, apathy or other issues can cause delays in treatment for emergency room patients. Unfortunately, when patients do not get the treatment they need in a timely manner, they can suffer serious and permanent injuries.
Allegations of medical malpractice
A recent medical malpractice lawsuit filed in another state claimed that a 12-year-old child lost her leg because of negligence. The lawsuit asserts that the girl broke her leg in an accident at school and was taken to a local emergency room for treatment. According to claims, the girl waited 10 hours at the ER before receiving treatment. The girl’s mother said she informed the staff multiple times that the girl’s leg was getting cold, but she was told to wait.
Allegedly, when the girl was finally seen by a pediatric surgeon, she was told that her leg needed to be amputated. The girl lost her leg, spent over three months in the hospital and apparently underwent multiple surgeries. The family is seeking financial relief from the hospital over claims that it was negligent and did not give timely treatment, which resulted in the girl’s leg amputation.
Victims and families have options
One of the most difficult things for family members to hear is that their loved one was seriously injured or died because of negligence during medical treatment. When a Pennsylvania resident is injured or loses a loved one as a result of medical malpractice, they have the option of seeking legal recourse. An experienced and skilled litigator will fight to help victims and families get the compensation they deserve.