A viewer says her daughter’s appendix had ruptured after a visit to the emergency room. The ER had failed to run tests and just sent her home. What are her legal options? Medical malpractice lawyers Greg Fellerman and Ed Ciarimboli explain what she should do next.
Dave Kuharchik: Question tonight about an issue at the ER. Attorneys Greg Fellerman and Ed Ciarimboli are back for “The Law & You.” Are you guys set, ready to go tonight?
Ed Ciarimboli: Ready to go! The sun is shining today.
Dave: Spring is here. Well, maybe not permanently. Ok here’s a question tonight from Bill in Kingston, “My daughter went into the ER for stomach pain, they did not tests and sent her home. Her appendix ruptured and she has had four surgeries since. What does she need to do?” What should Bill advise her about it?
Ed: Bill, the only thing you didn’t tell us is how old she was. If she’s under the age of 18, then you are going to have to bring a lawsuit on her behalf. If she’s over the age of 18, then obviously she is going to have to do it. In either event, you have to get not only the records but any of the radiology. And make sure you get the billing. The billing has become very important in medical malpractice cases as well so you can see what exactly was done or not done. Because obviously, they are going to be billing for it. So obviously, those records have become critical and crucial and you must have them before pursuing any case.
Greg Fellerman: Yeah, And don’t wait.
Ed: Do not wait.
Greg: If you think something went wrong, you pick up the phone, give us a call. You get the records, we’ll review them. We’ll have our nurses on staff look at them. We have experts that we bring in to get involved. Because the statute of limitations starts to run as soon as you know or should have known something went wrong. So, I think it’s very important that you’re having any of those thoughts or you think it’s happening, you pick up the phone and call so we can at least give you some advice.
Dave: And then in the least, let’s say you find no fault, you find no issue, you’re honest with people and say, “Nothing you can do.”
Ed: Yeah, nothing you can do. Sometimes a bad outcome doesn’t necessarily mean that there was bad medicine. But you don’t know until you do an analysis and you take a look at it.
Dave: All right, if you have an issue that needs to be looked at, you can call the guys, check them out online and don’t forget results matter with attorneys Greg Fellerman and Ed Ciarimboli. We’ll see you next time, guys.
Ed: Thanks, Dave.
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