Emergency Room Oversight May Have Cost Woman Her Life

by | May 2, 2012 | Firm News, Medical Malpractice |

It may seem unlikely, but simple injuries can lead to severe, life-threatening
conditions. Physicians – particularly those who specialize in emergency
medicine, are trained to recognize and address situations that could lead
to bigger problems. Unfortunately, medical professionals make mistakes
and, when they do, these mistakes can lead to claims for emergency room

Small Injury, Big Problems

A hospital in Saint Louis, Missouri is currently battling allegations that
its emergency room physicians improperly treated a homeless woman who
came to the hospital seeking treatment for a sprained ankle in September
of last year. 29-year-old Anna Brown had visited three other emergency
rooms complaining of leg pain in the days leading up to her death. When
she finally visited the emergency room at St. Mary’s Health Center,
the pain was unbearable. Physicians performed several tests on Brown and
insisted that she had a simple sprained ankle. Brown refused to leave
the emergency room without further treatment and the hospital had her
arrested. She later died in a jail cell.

An autopsy determined that Brown died after blood clots that had formed
in her legs migrated to her lungs. St. Mary’s Health Center insists
that its physicians performed all necessary tests, but questions remain.
Most importantly, would doctors have been able to save Brown’s life
had they not ignored her continued pleas for help?

Contact a Medical Malpractice Attorney

If you or someone you love has suffered injury due to the negligence of
an emergency room physician or other medical professional, contact an
experienced medical malpractice attorney. A medical malpractice lawyer
can assess your case and help you get the fair and adequate compensation
you deserve for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. For
more information, contact an attorney today.


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