Delayed diagnosis and care for a myocardial infarction in the emergency room.
The plaintiff’s decedent arrived at the emergency room with complaints of low blood sugar and weakness. An EKG revealed a myocardial infarction; however, the EKG was not reviewed by the treating physicians and the patient was discharged. Approximately 1 1/2 hours later, the attending ER doctor reviewed the EKG, noted the acute myocardial infarction, and called the patient to return for immediate catheterization. Although the patient survived another 18 months, the clam was that due to the delay in performing the catheterization, the patient sustained severe cardiac injury resulting in disabilityy and eventual death. The defense argued that the decedent was already in the middle of a myocardial infarction when he arrived at the ER and earlier catheterization would not have changed the result. Nevertheless, our legal representation was able to plead the case successfully. (Attorney William Lane handled the case.)