Help After A Serious Emergency Room Error
There’s no question that the emergency room presents a frantic and challenging environment, but it is also one where standards of care are extremely important. Doctors are required to adequately perform triage — the process of quick determination of patient priority. In this setting, and one mistake can result in catastrophe. If someone is not properly diagnosed, he or she can be seriously injured or killed. This can happen in cases involving:
- Brain injury
- Breast cancer
- Colon cancer
- Lung cancer
- Cervical cancer
- Pulmonary embolism
- Bacterial meningitis
- Bowel ischemia
- Blood clots
- Bleeding issues
- Heart attacks
ICU Malpractice Attorneys
Having worked on medical malpractice cases for more than 40 years, we are prepared to do everything to build the strongest possible case to maximize your compensation. By partnering directly with clients and utilizing our network of medical professionals, we have obtained tens of millions of dollars in our pursuit of justice. We are prepared to bring our approach to your case.
Examples of our success.
- $2 Million — A pregnant woman with twins presented to the emergency room with possible premature labor. She was 23 weeks pregnant. The physician did a vaginal exam and noted her cervix to be dilated at 2 cm. Because he did not check the chart, he did not know that two days prior her cervix was closed. She was sent home. She continued to call in, but the nurses did not tell her to come in. Three days later she came to the hospital dilated to 8 cm and in labor. The physicians initially stopped the labor with drugs, but the large dilation exposed the fetal sac and an infection occurred, causing new contractions. The babies were born at 23 weeks and six days and both survived. Both children have learning disabilities. The defense maintained that nothing could prevent premature contractions and that nothing the physician could have done would have altered the course of events.
- $2.1 Million — A middle-aged man went to the emergency room complaining of neck pain. The emergency room doctors discharged him without the benefit of a cervical X-ray. The next morning he awoke permanently paralyzed due to a spinal abscess.
- $250,000 — A 35-year-old man presented to the emergency room with signs and symptoms of a heart attack. He was worked up and a heart attack was ruled out, but he still had pain in his chest. He was sent home and the pain worsened. He went to a different hospital ER 12 hours later with a new symptom that included shortness of breath. A CT exam revealed a dissecting aortic aneurysm. He died during emergency surgery to repair the aneurysm. The defense argued that the only way to have made the diagnosis was to do a CT exam on the first ER visit and that is not the standard of care, as it is not practical to give everyone with chest pain a CT exam. Our expert believed D-dimer blood work would have shown formation of a clot that would have resulted in a CT exam.
At Colley Shroyer & Abraham, our Columbus, Ohio, emergency room error lawyers represent injured people in Columbus and throughout Ohio, including Logan, Waverly and Delaware County.