In the emergency room, timing is critical. If a health care provider misreads symptoms, the patient loses those first critical minutes that could have been life-saving.
MISTAKES IN THE EMERGENCY ROOM: THE DISASTROUS RESULTS
The results of such mistakes can be life-shattering. Over the years, the attorneys at Friedman, Domiano & Smith have helped many clients achieve favorable jury verdicts and settlements in medical malpractice suits related to emergency room errors. Read about our verdicts and settlements in cases concerning emergency room errors.
Some of our cases have involved:
- Failure to fully evaluate a patient
- Failure to fully treat a patient
- Misdiagnosis of a stroke
- Misdiagnosis of a heart attack
- Medication errors
- Failure to diagnose infection
- Failure to appropriately monitor a patient
- Laboratory errors
- Contaminated blood transfusions
DISMISSING SYMPTOMS OF A HEART ATTACK LED TO WOMAN’S DEATH
A woman visited a Cleveland area emergency room in distress. She felt serious pressure in the center of her chest, and it radiated into her neck and jaw. Without further investigation, the ER doctor attributed her pain to emotional stress and sent her home. Shortly after, the woman had a heart attack and died. This emergency room error could have been prevented by acting quickly and by getting treatment right away, especially within the first hour of having chest pain. Read about errors related to the misdiagnosis of a heart attack.