Emergency Medicine Injuries
Families travel to Emergency Rooms when they are worried that a family member has a serious health problem. These can be severe abdominal pain, chest pain, hemorrhaging, confusion, loss of consciousness, one-sided weakness, traumatic injury, sports injury, breathing problems such as shortness of breath, heart palpitations, congestive heart failure, dehydration, and infection. While most patients do not need a hospital admission, some require immediate medical and surgical help. Our lawyers have represented patients injured when this help is not provided.
The following are some typical fact patterns when patients are misdiagnosed:
- Emergency Room Doctor sent 50-year-old patient home with diagnosis of heartburn despite complaints of severe chest pain; patient died at home from massive heart attack.
- 30-year-old patient came to Emergency Room with history of calf pain and complaints of shortness of breath, patient admitted with diagnosis of possible pneumonia, but died from recurrent pulmonary embolism before being seen by an attending physician.
- 67-year-old patient who went to Emergency Room with 10/10 upper back pain died from Aortic Dissection after being sent home with diagnosis of muscle strain.
- 70-year-old patient with one-sided weakness arrives at Emergency Room within three hours of onset of symptoms but not given thrombolytics resulting in permanent brain damage from embolic stroke.
- Emergency Room doctor fails to diagnose Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm in 59-year-old patient resulting in hemorrhagic death.
- Emergency Room Doctor did not promptly diagnose toddler’s bacterial meningitis and begin antibiotic treatment so toddler’s infection progressed resulting in brain damage and loss of hearing.