When a 34-year-old woman arrived at a local Fort Collins, Colorado hospital Emergency Department in December, 2006, she complained to the emergency room doctor that she had the worst headache of her life and that she was weak and dizzy. The emergency room doctor diagnosed the woman’s condition as a migraine, he gave the woman pain medication for her headache, and he discharged her to home, despite the woman’s complaints and her dangerously high blood pressure while in the Emergency Department.
The woman was not given a head CT scan while in the Emergency Department that would have found a small bleed in her brain that could have been treated at that time. Unfortunately, the woman became paralyzed on her right side as a result of the alleged medical malpractice.
Her medical malpractice attorneys filed a medical malpractice claim on her behalf that resulted in a verdict in the woman’s favor in the amount of $3.9 million, which was the largest medical malpractice jury verdict in Fort Collins, Colorado to date.
The Colorado medical malpractice insurance carrier for the Emergency Department physician who was sued for medical malpractice recently paid the verdict, despite the fact that the doctor’s medical malpractice insurance policy limit was $1 million (the doctor wanted his medical malpractice insurance company to settle the woman’s claim but it refused to do so, thereby requiring the woman to file her medical malpractice lawsuit and endure the stressful litigation process that resulted in the jury’s $3.9 million verdict in favor of the woman).
The misdiagnosis of a serious medical condition in hospital emergency departments throughout the United States happen all too often. Sometimes the medical negligence is discovered before the patient’s discharge from the emergency department, before serious and permanent injuries occur. Other times the medical negligence is not discovered unless and until the patient returns to the emergency department with worsening symptoms. And some misdiagnosed or undiagnosed emergency department patients never make it back to the emergency department — they die as a result of the emergency department’s failure to properly diagnose and treatment their dire and deadly medical conditions.
If you or a loved one went to the emergency room and your medical condition was misdiagnosed or not diagnosed and you suffered serious consequences as a result, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and losses. It is important to seek the prompt and timely advice of a medical malpractice attorney to investigate your possible medical malpractice claim and to advise you on how to proceed.
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