At the Ginzkey Law Office, located in Bloomington, Illinois, our practice is devoted to providing strong legal representation to injured people and their families. Attorneys James P. Ginzkey and Dawn E. Duggan devote a large portion of their practice to cases involving medical malpractice, including emergency room errors resulting in serious harm or premature death.
Failure to Diagnose and Misdiagnosis
Many emergency room errors that result in a medical malpractice claim result from the failure of a doctor or resident physician to order medical tests indicated by the symptoms the patient presents upon admission to the emergency room. Errors such as a failure to order or properly interpret an X-ray, ultrasound, MRI or PET scan can have critical consequences.
Emergency room errors are especially serious because patients don’t usually end up in the ER unless they are seriously ill. If an emergency room doctor does not provide the proper care with testing and diagnosis, the doctor may fail to properly identify the true cause of the patient’s problem, and serious long-term health problems or even death may result.
- Failure to properly diagnose abdominal pain can result in death within hours from a blocked bowel, ruptured appendix or acute pancreatitis.
- Failure to test for and diagnose internal bleeding in the head can result in brain damage or death from a stroke.
- Failure to respond properly to complaints of chest pain can result in a preventable heart attack.
- Failure to properly treat a wound can result in a preventable infection that may result in a serious blood disorder, preventable amputation from gangrene or even premature death caused by sepsis.
In-Depth Evaluation of Your Case; a Clear Description of Your Legal Options
If you or a loved one has suffered ill treatment due to an emergency room error and you suspect medical malpractice, we encourage you to contact our office for a consultation. We will review all relevant medical records and consult with a member of our network of medical experts to develop an opinion regarding whether the emergency room’s errors were a simple – though tragic – mistake or were the result of the doctor’s failure to abide by the required standard of medical care.