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If you or a loved one has to visit a hospital emergency room, your life will depend on split-second judgments made by medical professionals and other staff members. In this high-pressure environment, if doctors, nurses, surgeons or other staff members make mistakes, you may be left with life-changing injuries. A loved one may even suffer a wrongful death as a result. The medical malpractice attorneys at Deratany & Kosner help victims of emergency room errors and other types of medical malpractice recover damages in Chicago and throughout Illinois.

Diagnosing errors are common emergency room mistakes. For example, a physician who mistakes a heart attack for a gastro-intestinal problem might send the patient home, making what could be a fatal error. In other cases, a medical professional could make a fatal error by misreading an X-ray or giving the patient the wrong medication.

Examples of emergency room errors made by hospital staff members include:

  • Failure to treat blood clot or pulmonary embolism
  • Failure to treat a medical condition
  • Failure to diagnose a disease or condition
  • Medication errors
  • Emergency surgery errors
  • Reading a medical chart or lab test incorrectly
  • Discharging a patient too soon

Knowing what to do after an unexpected injury can be difficult and confusing. Emergency room errors are especially complicated. Often, emergency room doctors and other staff will be unwilling to admit wrongdoing. They may say they did everything they could to help you. Deratany & Kosner can hold negligent doctors, surgeons, nurse practitioners and other professionals accountable for their actions.


People visit the emergency rooms of hospitals in Chicago every day. The environment in an emergency room can be very fast paced and chaotic. It is not unusual for emergency medical personnel to feel tired or stressed. But that does not excuse errors that leave people with further injuries. When people need emergency treatment, standards of care must still be met.

Sometimes, it’s clear that a mistake was made. But the effects of emergency room errors may not be immediately obvious. You may not notice any problems until days or even weeks later. And at first, you may not even think they are related to an earlier emergency room visit. Our experienced medical malpractice attorneys at Deratany & Kosner know what to look for and can find out what happened.

Medical professionals often don’t admit to making a mistake. So we will conduct a detailed review of your case, looking through every piece of evidence and gathering our own evidence as needed. This includes medical reports, lab test results and witness statements. We routinely consult with medical experts to determine if any errors were made in your treatment.

If we find that a medical professional was negligent during your treatment in the emergency room, we will fight to hold that person responsible. Our attorneys will determine how much compensation you deserve and fight to get it. We will build a strong case that can’t be ignored. These cases can sometimes be resolved by a negotiating a settlement. But we are always ready to fight for you in court if necessary.

If you’ve been injured as the result of an emergency room error, contact Deratany & Kosner. Call us at 800-529-7285 for a free case consultation with one of our attorneys.

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