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Fort Lauderdale Emergency Room Error Lawyers

Dedicated Emergency Room Error Lawyers Fight for Clients Harmed by Medical Negligence in South Florida

Emergency rooms serve a vital function in our South Florida communities, and they usually provide lifesaving care to patients who have been seriously injured in car and motorcycle accidents, as well as patients suffering from life-threatening conditions such as heart attacks and strokes.  The swift medical attention that emergency care doctors and staff provide often spells the difference between life and death for critical patients. While most medical professionals perform competently and to the best of their abilities, conditions in emergency rooms are unfortunately often ripe for mistakes to happen.  When those mistakes are so unreasonable as to amount to medical malpractice, our experienced emergency room error lawyers are here to make sure you get the compensation that you deserve.

The experienced medical malpractice lawyers at Lawlor, White & Murphey, P.C. have been serving the South Florida community for a collective 55 years.  Because good health is every individual’s greatest asset, we have dedicated our careers to ensuring victims are compensated fairly when the negligence of others put their health status at risk.  When an emergency room error could have been prevented upon the exercise of reasonable care by doctors, nurses and staff members, we believe in holding the negligent parties financially accountable.  If you have suffered harm because of an emergency room error, contact us today for a free case evaluation.

Examples of Actionable South Florida Emergency Room Errors

You can never expect a perfect outcome when you seek out medical treatment, especially in an emergency situation.  Despite this, emergency room doctors and staff receive extensive training in the accepted protocols that must be followed in all emergency cases.  Failure to adhere to those standards may result in an actionable emergency room error. Examples of emergency errors include:

  • Unacceptably long wait times for critical treatment,
  • Failure to diagnose an illness or identify the patient’s injury,
  • Medication and pharmacy errors, including drugs that are improperly administered,
  • Understaffing, which can result in a rushed and incorrect diagnosis,
  • Failure to properly monitor a patient’s condition,
  • Failure to communicate a patient’s condition to other staff members, such as during a shift change.

In many cases, emergency room errors are caused by a combination of overcrowding and understaffing, which results in cases where the emergency room staff is fatigued and unable to provide treatment that meets the accepted standard of care.  Often, this is the result of hospitals and medical facilities that put profit margins ahead of competent patient care.

Lawlor, White & Murphey Forcefully Advocate to Hold Negligent Parties Responsible in South Florida Emergency Room Error Cases

When it comes to medical treatment, the simplest of errors can result in devastating consequences—such as when a rushed reading of a patient’s chart results in a prescription drug error or failure to communicate a patient’s underlying conditions to incoming staff causes the patient to be sent home without critical treatment.  In emergency situations, the results of an error tend to be magnified by the underlying need for immediate critical care, which is why emergency room staff members receive specialized training in acceptable emergency room protocols.

At Lawlor, White & Murphey, P.C., our emergency room error lawyers are committed to preventing future errors by holding negligent parties accountable for past mistakes in violating those protocols.  In emergency room error cases, as in all medical malpractice cases, we will conduct a complete investigation to determine whether the applicable standard of care was violated, including by:

  • Consulting with experts to establish the applicable standard of care based on the circumstances,
  • Analyzing your medical records to evaluate what happened in your case and whether the standard of care was violated,
  • Interviewing eyewitnesses who can attest to the conditions in the emergency room at the time the error occurred or the level of care you received,
  • Evaluating the emergency room’s past record of errors,
  • Evaluating the emergency room’s hiring, training and scheduling protocols.

Schedule a Free Initial Consultation to Discuss Your Florida Emergency Room Error Case with Our Tenacious Lawyers Today

At Lawlor, White & Murphey, P.C., we recognize the important service that emergency room staff members provide to our community—in fact, we realize that many emergency room errors are caused by factors entirely outside of the staff’s control.  When you have suffered physical harm because of a preventable emergency room error, however, we are ready to go to battle to obtain the compensation you deserve from the responsible party. If you have suffered, or are currently suffering, harm as a result of an emergency room error in South Florida, call or contact us today to schedule a free initial consultation with a lawyer who is passionate about getting justice in your case.

Frequently Asked Questions About Personal Injury Claims Based Upon Emergency Room Errors in Fort Lauderdale

FAQ: I was harmed because of an emergency room error that occurred while I was receiving treatment in a highly crowded facility. Who can be held responsible?

In many cases, emergency room errors are caused by factors such as improper training, overcrowding and understaffing—all of which are perhaps caused by underfunding and profit motivation on the part of the medical facility itself. When hospitals, clinics, and medical facilities fail to appropriately staff their facilities with trained emergency room professionals, those entities can be held financially responsible for the resulting harm. This is because the emergency facility, as an employer, can be held responsible for the negligent actions of its employees that are committed in the course of employment under a legal theory known as respondeat superior.

FAQ: How much compensation can I receive if I was harmed by an emergency room error?

Available compensation will depend upon the extent of the harm caused by the error. Failure to appropriately treat or diagnose can cause existing conditions to worsen and can even create new side effects. You can receive compensation for your medical expenses related to the error, including the cost of treating these worsened conditions. Compensation for lost wages, lost earning capacity, pain and suffering and other non-economic damages may also be available.

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John K. Lawlor

John K. Lawlor, a South Florida personal injury attorney who focuses his practice on complex personal injury, wrongful death, and professional malpractice, founded the law firm of Lawlor, White & Murphey in 1996. Since 1995, Mr. Lawlor’s trial advocacy and litigation skills, as well as his wide-ranging legal expertise, have provided plaintiffs and their families with a distinct advantage when seeking financial compensation and justice for injuries caused by the negligence of others.

Ben Murphey

A partner at Lawlor, White & Murphey and a distinguished personal injury lawyer, Ben Murphey tries complex disputes that include civil appeals, maritime and admiralty claims, wrongful death, and labor disputes. Mr. Murphey has been recognized for his excellence in the area of personal injury litigation by being rewarded with a 10/10 Avvo Rating and named a Super Lawyers “Rising Star” for 2010-2013 and Super Lawyers 2014-2019.

Anthony B. White

Since 1994, seasoned litigation and trial lawyer Anthony B. White has helped thousands of accident victims seek damages due to injuries sustained as a result of another party’s negligence. Included in America’s Registry of Outstanding Professionals and selected to the 2012, 2014-2019 editions of Florida Super Lawyers, Mr. White specializes in car accidents, insurance disputes, wrongful death, product liability, and medical malpractice cases.


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John Lawlor and this practice provide their clients with the upmost professionalism and expertise. I highly recommend them!


John proved himself to be an attorney I could completely trust. His knowledge, experience and professionalism, mixed with his kindness and genuine concern for me and my family, were greatly appreciated.

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I cannot say enough about Anthony – he treated me like a friend instead of just another client. He was always available to answer any concerns, and provide guidance about my case.


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This is a fantastic team of lawyers! Everyone who worked there treated me like I was their most important case, even though it wasn't a major car accident case. I would highly recommend them.


Ben worked on my case tirelessly and always kept me informed. Throughout a very lengthy and complex case he was very compassionate, empathetic and distributed a wealth of knowledge.


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