Long Waits in New York City Emergency Rooms Put Patients at Fatal Risk

Fox 5 News conducted a month-long investigation into the amount of time some patients waited before receiving medical care in New York City emergency rooms. The investigation concluded that some patients had waited as long as 24.5 hours before they were seen by a doctor. Other wait times for those who required immediate medical care included 5, 10 and 15 hours.  Excessive wait times such as these were found in 17 different hospital emergency rooms located in New York that were visited by reporters over the month. These wait times compare to the national average, which is 4 hours.  Some emergency rooms are so clogged that doctors are forced to examine patients in the hallways. This was seen by Fox 5 News at Staten Island University’s ER.  Some blame the closure of several large hospitals. Others point to the economy, with so many more uninsured patients waiting to be seen and the financial struggles of hospitals.  When there is a delay in medical treatment, it could lead to serious or life-threatening results. If you have been the victim of medical malpractice, you may wish to seek legal counsel from a New York medical malpractice attorney to see if you have a claim worth pursuing.

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