Have you visited a New Jersey emergency room recently? How was your wait?
According to New Jersey 101.5, the average person in the Garden State has a 30-minute waiting room experience when visiting a hospital emergency room, placing the New Jersey in the bottom 10, as far as state wait times.
The statistics come from ProPublica, which used data tracked by the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to compile wait times.
In addition to long waiting room periods, once a patient is taken in to see a doctor in New Jersey, he or she spends on average 148 minutes at a facility. This is 15 minutes longer than the national average. Additionally, once patents are actually admitted to a hospital, on average, it takes them 143 minutes to get to their room, which is far greater than the national average of 97 minutes.
The extended wait times have led the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) to give New Jersey a D-plus for its emergency room care practices.
Injured Due to a Hospital Delay in Care? Speak to Our Atlantic City Medical Malpractice Attorneys
Unfortunately, delays in healthcare can lead to worsening injuries and/or death. All healthcare providers have a duty to make sure patients are seen in a reasonable period. Although some patients may not display symptoms that would require immediate attention, sometimes, there are cases where care could save lives or result in lesser injuries.
If you have questions about the serious personal injuries that can occur during acts of medical malpractice, speak to our Atlantic City attorneys or visit our FAQ page. You or your loved one should not have to suffer due to a delay in medical treatment. You may be entitled to damages, depending on the extent of your injuries.
We can determine if your healthcare provider failed to treat you properly. To see how we have helped medical malpractice victims, visit our verdicts and settlements page.
Targan Pender & Strickland, P.C. – Atlantic City Injury Attorneys