Emergency Room Errors

Because of the fast pace, high volume of patients and serious injuries and illnesses that patients have, medical errors often happen in hospital emergency rooms. Misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis of emergency room patients are particular problems, especially if patients are negligently sent home after improper treatment only to suffer serious complications later. The lawyers of BWMK use skilled preparation to handle emergency room error suits involving everything from staffing issues and inadequate training to failure to recognize a serious condition like heart attack or stroke. We review every aspect of the emergency room visit to identify what went wrong, how your healthcare provider could or should have acted differently, and why the resulting negligence created serious, life-threatening issues.

Successes

$17 Million Emergency Room Error Settlement

A male with a history of and a severe risk of developing bacterial endocarditis went to the University of Chicago Medical Center complaining of severe…

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$17.5 Million Emergency Room Error Settlement

A 33-year-old woman went to Northwestern Memorial Hospital’s emergency room complaining of a horrible headache, a stiff neck and vomiting.  She was sent home and…

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$2 Million Settlement for Failure to Diagnose Fatal Aneurysm

A woman suffering lower back pain passed out and was rushed to the emergency room of St. James Hospital, where it was noted that she…

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$3.4 Million Settlement for Malpractice Involving a Cervical Fracture

Our client, a retired engineer with a long-standing inflammatory condition of the cervical spine, complained of neck pain after a minor fall. After x-rays revealed…

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$1.7 Million Jury Verdict for Patient’s Misdiagnosis Death

A woman was seen by her family physician three times for such symptoms as nausea, fever and weight loss. After receiving diagnoses of upper respiratory…

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$1 Million Settlement for Misdiagnosis Resulting in Pulmonary Embolism Death

We represented the estate of a 22-year-old woman who presented to the emergency room with shortness of breath and dizziness. She had a medical history…

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$3 Million Settlement for Multiple Instances of Negligence and Diagnosis Failure

We represented the surviving spouse and estate (including six adult children) of a 59-year-old woman with a history of hypertension who received emergency room treatment…

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$8 Million Jury Award for Negligence Leading to Brain Damage, Coma

We represented the widow and two children of a truck driver with severe asthma who went to a hospital emergency room with a severe asthma…

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$1 Million Emergency Room Error Settlement

A Chicago Police Officer went to Christ Hospital’s emergency room complaining of shortness of breath, chest pains, pain in her right calf and heart palpitations. …

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$2.75 Million Settlement in Fatal Misdiagnosis

A 40-year-old diabetic male was admitted to Rush-Presbyterian-St.Luke’s Hospital apparently suffering from a hypoglycemic episode. The results of an EKG indicated that he suffered a…

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