Million Dollar Recovery - An unmarried truck driver in his late 50s presented to a local emergency room with chest pain, shortness of breath and other complaints. An EKG was ordered by the emergency room physician and was interpreted by the ER doctor as normal. In truth, the EKG showed that the patient was in the early stages of a heart attack. Unfortunately, several more hours went by before a second doctor took another look at the EKG and discovered the heart attack. By that time, however, our client had suffered more damage to his heart. In addition to his regular work, this gentleman also owned a small farm where he grew fruit. As a result of his heart damage and resulting fatigue, he was not able to return to work as a truck driver and was more limited in what he could do around his house and property. Therefore, our primary claim for damages was for lost wages and changes in his lifestyle.
Unfortunately, many medical malpractice cases take place in the emergency room. Patients often present there with serious conditions such as heart conditions, stroke, serious infection and the like. It is important that emergency room physicians order the appropriate tests correctly interpret them in order to properly diagnose the patient. In this case, the doctor ordered the right test but he did not interpret it correctly and, as a result, this patient's heart attack was missed.