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Mistakes In The Emergency Room: The Disastrous Results

In the emergency room (ER), timing is critical. If a health care provider misreads symptoms, the patient loses those first critical minutes that could have been life-saving. 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 ER errors. Read about our firm’s verdicts and settlements in cases concerning ER 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 A Woman’s Death

A woman visited a Cleveland-area ER 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 ER error could have been prevented if the doctor had acted quickly and treated the woman right away, especially within the first hour that she’d had chest pain. Read about errors related to the misdiagnoses of heart attacks.

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