Emergency Room Misdiagnosis

Hello, I’m Chicago Attorney Dan Newlin, Former Police Detective. I would like to personally thank you for visiting my Emergency Room Negligence web page and it is my hope that you find it informative. I have had the privilege and honor to help over 10,000 injury and accident victims and I would be honored to help you. I wish it wasn’t true, but Emergency Room Malpractice is very prevalent in our society today. Unfortunately, Hospital are for profit business and thus the most important thing is not you but the bottom line. Hospitals cut costs and thus staff and the end result in that people get hurt.

I am proud to have created a legal team with proven results. My attorneys and I have recovered over 200 million for injury and accident victims and we will fight for you!!! I have built a legal-medical team which includes medical doctors, nurses, emergency room and hospital professionals and highly experienced attorneys on staff and ready to meet with you and evaluate your Emergency Room negligence claim. I promise that we will fight for you and be by your side every step of the way until we reach our only goal, to get you and your family the justice you rightfully deserve.

Me and my attorneys are armed and ready to handle the most complex of medical malpractice cases. If you or a loved one have been the victim of emergency room negligence call my office today at 312-888-8000 for a free consultation. Me or one of my attorneys will be more than happy to meet with you today.
Emergency rooms must care for critical and non-critical patients in a fast-paced environment. Staff in emergency rooms are trained in triage—the assessment of the seriousness of a medical condition in order to provide prompt care when needed. An incorrect assessment of a patient’s condition can lead to delayed diagnosis and delayed treatment, which can lead to death for critically ill or injured Chicago patients.

Emergency room malpractice often involves failure to diagnose:

  • Failure to diagnose heart attack during emergency room visit. For example, a young man shows up at the emergency room complaining of severe chest pain. The emergency room doctor dismisses his concerns, briefly examines him, and sends him home for rest. The man dies of a heart attack later that night.
  • Failure to diagnose a stroke. For example, a man arrives at the emergency room complaining of dizziness, slurred speech and facial weakness. The emergency room doctor misdiagnoses the man, prescribes some medication and sends him home. However, the man has had a stroke and suffers permanent injury due to the failure to diagnose stroke at the emergency room.
  • Failure to discover a life-threatening aneurysm. For example, an emergency room doctor fails to recognize the grave danger facing a patient who had an orange-size aneurysm threatening to rupture a major blood vessel in his stomach. Instead of calling a surgeon to examine the patient, the doctor sends him home with a painkiller, a bad choice for a patient at risk of abdominal bleeding. Later that night, the aneurysm bursts and the patient dies.
  • Failure to diagnose meningitis. For example, a mother brings her infant to an emergency with fever, irritability that is difficult to calm, decreased appetite, rash, vomiting, and a shrill cry. The doctor prescribes ibuprofen and sends the infant home. The infant later dies from complications of meningitis.

In addition to failure to diagnose, emergency room malpractice can involve:

  • Failing to treat a patient in a timely manner. A patient’s condition worsens or a patient dies while in the waiting room.
  • Inadequate follow-up. An emergency room doctor sends a patient home and does not follow-up when standard medical care would require some follow-up. This can include not reporting test results.
  • Administration of the wrong medication or the wrong dose of a medication.
  • Prescription error.

I have years’ worth of experience examining, preparing and presenting complicated emergency room medical evidence. My attorneys and I work closely with medical experts, such as emergency room doctors, emergency room nurses, emergency room nurse practitioners, pharmacists and therapists throughout the legal process. If necessary, we also retain expert accountants and financial analysts because many medical malpractice cases have their own set of associated losses including lost wages, the cost of care and many other monetary costs. I do this in order to accurately assess what these costs will be for the remainder of a victim’s life. We have the financial means and stability to retain the necessary experts to properly prosecute your medical negligence case. It is through this coordinated effort that I have consistently obtained record breaking awards and settlements and obtained hundreds of millions of dollars for my injured clients.

If you or a family member have suffered a personal injury while visiting an emergency room due to the medical malpractice, negligence or carelessness of a Chicago doctor or other Chicago health care provider, you may be entitled to monetary compensation. Call me now at 312-888-8000 for a free consultation.


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