BOSTON (Oct. 23, 2015) – Pamela S. Gilman in the November 2015 issue of ED Legal Letter suggested a variety of best practices for physicians and other ER medical professionals as preventive measures against possible misdiagnosis claims.
In the article (on page 123 of the November issue), Gilman noted that emergency room doctors and nurses should include both the pertinent positives and negatives related to a patient’s diagnosis in ER documentation. “Otherwise, plaintiff attorneys can convincingly allege that the EP [emergency physician] never even considered the correct diagnosis,” Gilman said.
Among other tips, Gilman also suggested that conflicting information on a chart should be resolved between emergency personnel in real time. This will prevent plaintiff attorneys from being able to use a discrepancy as support for an allegation of misdiagnosis, Gilman said.
The ED Legal Letter is a monthly newsletter distributed to ER medical professionals across the country.
Gilman has won over sixty jury trials in Massachusetts. In her distinguished career, she routinely represents clients in complex medical malpractice, personal injury, premises liability and products liability matters.
About Barton Gilman
Barton Gilman is one of New England’s leading civil litigation law firms with offices in Boston and Providence. Its experienced trial attorneys appear regularly in the federal and state courts of Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut. The Providence Business News has named the firm one of Rhode Island’s Best Places to Work from 2008-2012 and again from 2014-2015.