Closed claim studies involving the treatment and diagnosis of trauma and other injuries
Failure to diagnose a foreign body and to follow up
An eight-year-old girl was brought to the emergency department (ED) of a large hospital with a groin injury from a bicycle accident.
Failure to recognize bowel injury
A 42-year-old woman came to see her obstetrician-gynecologist (Ob-Gyn A) on January 10 with abnormal uterine bleeding and abdominal and pelvic pain. She had been a patient of Ob-Gyn A for nine years.
Delay in surgery and improper performance
On December 24, a 64-year-old man fell from a ladder and injured his left forearm. He came to the emergency department. An x-ray showed a displaced and complete fracture of radial and ulnar shafts.
Failure to admit, diagnose, and treat
On July 13 at 12:45 a.m., a 48-year-old man was brought to a hospital emergency department (ED) by air ambulance.
Failure to diagnose femur fracture
A 28-year-old man was involved in a motorcycle collision, sustaining multiple injuries.
Failure to intubate and prevent aspiration
A 52-year-old man fell from a tree and fractured his ankle. His family brought him to the emergency department of a local hospital at 8:30 p.m.
Failure to order chest x-ray
A 68-year-old woman living in an assisted living facility had syncopal episodes that resulted in falls with minor head trauma.
Vision loss following surgery
A 41-year-old woman came to an orthopedic surgeon. Her history included progressive lumbar scoliosis secondary to spasticity from congenital diastematomyelia.