Why Do Medical Emergencies Often Involve Medical Malpractice?

Unfortunately because emergency rooms are busy, a lot of times an emergency room physician might not take the time to ask the right questions, or perform the right procedures, and as a result a lot of devastation can occur. This happened in the case of a 37-year-old mother of three, a single mother, who one day woke up with a severe headache. When she went to the emergency room, the doctor saw her for 10 minutes, diagnosed her as having a tension headache and sent her home. She woke up the next day basically comatose, she was rushed to the hospital, and when they did a cat scan, found she had a burst aneurysm. She’s now permanently brain damaged, in the wheelchair, will never walk, will never talk. If a cat scan had been performed when she had initially come in she might have been okay today. Find out why things like getting a cat scan might be overlooked in a medical emergency and why you need to contact a lawyer to get answers to your questions involving medical malpractice.

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Emergency rooms are busy, and a lot of times if an emergency room physician doesn’t take the time to ask the right questions, then things are missed, and as a result a lot of devastation can occur. I’m currently handling a case of a 37-year-old mother of three, single mother, who was working at the boys club here in Philadelphia for after-school care. For not only her children but for other children in the neighborhood. She woke up one morning and had a severe headache, and this was on a Friday, and she was used to having headaches, as we all are, and she didn’t become alarmed to run to the emergency room. But the next day on Saturday when she woke up, that headache was the worst headache of her life, it was her daughter’s birthday, that day she was planning a party, she couldn’t get out of bed at all. Her mother and her best friend convinced her to go to the emergency room, she went to the emergency room and told them that this was the worst headache of her life, she was in the emergency room for five and a half hours, the doctor saw her for 10 minutes, the doctor diagnosed her as having a tension headache and sent her home. The next day she woke up and she was basically comatose, they rushed her to the hospital, and when they did a cat scan the following day they found she had a burst aneurysm and then had a subarachnoid hemorrhage in her brain. She’s now permanently brain damaged, in the wheelchair, will never walk, will never talk, the case is about the fact that the day before when she went to the emergency room they didn’t do a cat scan. A cat scan would have detected this immediately, they would have operated, she’d be okay. Today I suspect that they didn’t do a cat scan because she was a welfare mom and didn’t have the finances, or didn’t have the right insurance that would have paid for that cat scan. So sometimes the best medical care is determinative of what kind of medical insurance you have, that’s unfortunate but that’s true. If I had gone to the emergency room with the same complaint, I have good health insurance, they would have a cat scan be done in a second, so that’s what that case is about. And that hospital is going to have to pay for her future medical care. For more information go to ERLegal.com



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