Emergency Medicine

Connecticut Emergency Room Negligence and Malpractice

Contact the Bridgeport, Danbury and Middletown medical malpractice attorneys at Adelman Hirsch & Connors LLP if you or a family member has suffered serious consequences because of negligent treatment in an emergency room. Our attorneys are experienced with the development, evaluation, and presentation of complex medical evidence, and can help assure your family's financial security in the aftermath of emergency room malpractice.

ER physicians have the difficult job of identifying and stabilizing life threatening conditions that result from traumatic injury or untreated illness. People often come into the ER complaining of chest pains and are sent home even though they have had a heart attack. The same can be said of patients who have come in with a stroke only to have it dismissed as a headache. An emergency medicine practitioner is charged with the responsibility of knowing what they do not know--in other words, they have a duty to order tests and send a patient for further treatment if the presenting condition lies beyond the ability of the emergency room physician.

Examples of fatal or disabling medical conditions that are sometimes missed in the emergency room due to negligence or malpractice are the following:

  • Heart attack
  • Stroke
  • Meningitis
  • Ruptured spleen
  • Internal bleeding or injuries to organs
  • Cerebral aneurysm
  • Subdural hematoma
  • Aortic dissection
  • Idiopathic intracranial hypertension or pseudo tumor cerebri

When an emergency room physician performs an improper workup, ignores symptoms, or fails to rule out the possibility of a dangerous injury before releasing the patient, a claim for malpractice might well be supported by the evidence.

For a free consultation about your legal options in a case of emergency room negligence or malpractice, contact a personal injury lawyer at Adelman Hirsch & Connors LLP in Bridgeport, Danbury or Middletown.