The Brian O’Connell, Jr. Law Firm brought suit on behalf of their client, the son of a woman who died after going to the emergency room with chest and back pain. The woman was told she had a sprained chest muscle and was sent home. The next day, the woman was found dead. An autopsy determined that the woman died from a ruptured dissecting aneurysm of the ascending aorta with cardiac tamponade.
The Brian O’Connell, Jr. Law Firm argued that the treating emergency room physician should have precluded the woman’s death and would have done so had they checked her for an aneurysm. Significantly, the physician knew that the woman suffered from a medical condition which makes a person susceptible to aneurysms, but still failed to perform the necessary tests.