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What Makes Injuries Worse When Stuck in a Hospital Waiting Room?


For many patients in Baltimore, the phrase “emergency room” can seem like a misnomer. After waiting for hours on end, it may become quite clear that no one really sees your medical issue as an “emergency.” Being forced to wait for so long isn’t just frustrating, however – it can also lead to a range of serious complications and issues. Many injuries become much worse if not treated immediately – and this may form the basis of a medical malpractice lawsuit in Baltimore.


If left untreated, a variety of wounds and illnesses may become infected. Quick sterilization is often crucial – especially for seniors or immunocompromised individuals. These vulnerable patients may lack the immune response to fight off a range of pathogens, bacteria, and other concerns. Infection can affect not only open wounds but also fractures, internal organ issues, and a range of other medical problems.

When a patient is stuck in a hospital waiting room, they may be exposed to a range of additional infection hazards. Nearby patients may be transmitting a variety of viruses. The air may be filled with all kinds of pathogens. Surfaces are often covered in germs. All of these factors heighten the chances of infection, and with every hour that a patient remains in a hospital waiting room, the chance of infection increases.

 Brain Damage 

Head injuries require immediate attention, and long wait times may contribute to permanent, irreversible brain damage. Even worse, a head injury may prove fatal if not quickly treated. Some patients may be sitting in a waiting room while suffering from slow, undetectable  brain bleeds. Once this blood puts enough pressure on the cranium, the patient may suddenly die or go into a coma. With quick treatment, these concerns can be quickly identified and treated – often saving patients from death or permanent brain damage.

 Improper Healing of Fractures 

Fractures must be “set” quickly in order to heal properly. If doctors wait too long, these fractures may heal in a misaligned manner – causing a range of serious issues. Not only does the chance of infection increase, but also the chance of permanent disfigurement. For example, a child who suffers a fractured femur may walk with a permanent limp if they do not receive immediate treatment, and they may be disfigured for the rest of their life.

 Contact a Medical Malpractice Lawyer in Baltimore Today 

If you’ve been searching for a qualified, experienced medical malpractice lawyer in Baltimore, look no further than Furman Honick. With our assistance, you can strive for positive results after being forced to wait for hours on end in a hospital emergency room. If your injuries become much worse because of this unacceptable treatment, you can pursue compensation for missed wages, medical expenses, emotional distress, and many other damages. To learn more about your legal options, consider a consultation with us today.




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