You are not feeling well and you decide to check yourself into an emergency room in Baltimore City.
While in the emergency room you given a medical diagnosis and eventually discharged from the hospital.
You later learn that the diagnosis that you were given was incorrect and as a result, suffer a serious medical injury because of this error.
How can something like this happen?
Two basic ways in which a misdiagnosis can happen in the ER deal with the failure of medical professionals to get a proper history of the patient, and by failing to perform an adequate physical examination of the patient.
Gathering a proper history of the patient can give the doctors clues as to what may be ailing the patient.
For example, if a patient presents with chest pains and shortnes of breath, and have a family history of heart attacks, this history can play an important role in what tests or examinations the doctor may order for the patient.
Performing a proper physical exam is self explainitory in that is physical exam can reveal, for example, where the patient may be suffering from unknown pain.
If you think that your misdiagnosis and subsequent injury in the ER was due to, among other things, your doctors and medical staff not following these basic steps, and your matter happened in Maryland, this is what we invite you to do.
Pick up the phone and give us a call.
We can be reached at 301-850-4832.
We answer medical malpractice questions like yours all the time and we would be glad to listen to your story.