The answer is that it could be, depending on the circumstances. Illinois emergency room personnel do the best they can under sometimes harrowing and heartbreaking circumstances, but that fact does not excuse mistakes that cost people their lives. If you believe that your loved one died because of an error in the emergency room, you may be entitled to file a wrongful death claim against the person or persons who provided substandard care to your loved one, along with the medical facility.
Due to the fast pace of emergency rooms, Illinois doctors sometimes miss a proper diagnosis. Furthermore, the fast pace is often indicative of a busy emergency room, which can cause backlogs in both conducting tests and getting results to the appropriate parties in a timely manner. In some cases, tests are not even ordered, and patients are sent home with an incorrect diagnosis, the wrong course of treatment and possibly with medication that could make matters worse. Any or all of these scenarios can cost a patient his or her life.
When your loved one went to the emergency room, he or she relied upon the medical personnel at the hospital to make the proper diagnosis and prescribe a course of treatment that will heal the ailment. Because that did not happen, your family member died. Even as you grieve, though, evidence of medical malpractice can disappear.
Therefore, it is imperative that you contact an attorney quickly. An independent investigation will be conducted, and if it is revealed that negligence led to the death of your loved one, a wrongful death claim can be filed. Any monetary restitution can secure your financial future, and possibly help prevent another tragedy.