Emergency Room Malpractice Claims

If errors on the part of an emergency room physician resulted in the misdiagnosis or inadequate treatment of a serious illness or health condition of someone in your family, contact an experienced medical malpractice attorney at the law firm of Stephen J. Gordon & Associates. With offices in Worcester and Scottsdale, we advise and represent personal injury and wrongful death clients with claims for emergency room malpractice.

There are many reasons why an ER doctor might miss the symptoms of heart disease, stroke or internal organ trauma that can kill or disable an emergency room patient. Maybe the patient was too young or healthy in appearance to present an obvious risk of heart attack. Perhaps the emergency room physician had lately been tricked by a patient faking symptoms to get a prescription for painkillers, and wasn’t about to let it happen again.

In any case, the emergency room doctor does not have a great deal of time to make an accurate diagnosis and consider treatment options. As a result, malpractice on the part of an ER physician can have disastrous consequences for the patient and his or her family. Generally speaking, the doctor is responsible for identifying the patient’s problem and stabilizing the patient’s condition prior to discharge or transfer for further treatment. Careful examination of the patient’s physical condition, review of medical records if available, ordering and interpreting diagnostic tests correctly, and making appropriate referrals are all essential for proper emergency room treatment.

A medical malpractice claim in court might well represent the best alternative for someone who suffered harm under any of the following ER treatment circumstances:

•  Failure to spot the symptoms of stroke, heart attack, heat exhaustion or bacterial infection?
•  Refusal to take the victim’s complaints of illness or injury seriously?
•  Misinterpretation of x-rays, blood tests, lab tests or other diagnostic tools — or failing to order them altogether?
•  Prescribing medications without checking for drug interactions or allergies?
•  Neglecting to consider the possibility of brain injury or internal trauma, especially in car accident cases involving blunt force trauma to the abdomen, chest or head?
•  Discharge or release of the patient without identifying or stabilizing his or her condition

Personal injury lawyer Stephen Gordon has more than 43 years of trial experience, with much of it concentrated on medical malpractice claims. His understanding of the medical expert review procedures for emergency room negligence cases in both Massachusetts can represent an important advantage in your malpractice claim. Contact our office for a free consultation about your case.