Emergency Medicine

Emergency Medicine Expert Witness

Triage in an Emergency RoomAn Emergency Medicine Expert Witness is an ER physician who testifies on the standard of care for treating children and adults in the emergency department. Emergency Medicine is a field of medicine specializing in the treatment of acutely ill and injured people, including both children and adults. The training of an Emergency Medicine physician (“ER doctor”) is complex and typically lasts three to four years. Some physicians then complete advanced fellowship programs in Critical Care, Emergency Ultrasound, Disaster Medicine, Wilderness Medicine, Hyperbaric Medicine, Toxicology, Pediatric Emergency Medicine, and Sports Medicine. Emergency Medicine doctors work in emergency departments, freestanding ERs, and urgent care (minor care or “fast-track”) settings. They also serve as Flight Physicians and Medical Directors for aeromedical transport systems.

Emergency Medicine physicians treat many life-threatening medical conditions such as myocardial infarction (heart attack), respiratory failure, pulmonary embolism, and cerebrovascular accident (stroke). They also treat traumatic injuries such as motor vehicle accidents, falls, fractures, gunshot wounds, and lacerations. Other common medical conditions include pneumonia, cellulitis, abscesses, appendicitis, diverticulitis, and mesenteric ischemia.

An Emergency Medicine Expert Witness is often asked to testify in litigation involving allegations of missed or delayed diagnoses of life-threatening conditions. Other common areas of litigation include mismanagement of acute illness and inappropriate discharge from the emergency department. Additionally, many complex procedures (e.g. lacerations, central lines, endotracheal intubation) are performed in the Emergency Department such that complications arising from these procedures may lead to claims of negligence.

Emergency Medicine Case Matter

From the treatment of common medical ailments to life-threatening conditions, Elite Medical Experts handles all aspects of Emergency Medicine litigation and consultation, including:

  • Abscess
  • Acute cholecystitis
  • Acute intracranial injury (Subdural, Epidural, and Subarachnoid hemorrhage)
  • Acute myocardial infarction (Heart attack)
  • Airway management (Endotracheal intubation, Cricothyrotomy)
  • Allergic reactions
    • Aortic dissections (thoracic or abdominal)
  • Appendicitis
  • Cellulitis
  • Cerebrovascular accident (CVA, Stroke)
  • Child abuse
  • Congestive heart failure (CHF)
  • Conscious sedation and anesthesia for procedures
  • Dehydration
  • Diverticulitis and colitis (including C. Difficile infection)
  • Drowning
  • Ectopic pregnancy
  • Elder abuse
  • Falls
  • Fractures and dislocations
  • Hypertensive emergencies
  • Laceration repair
  • Mesenteric ischemia (Ischemic colitis)
  • Motor vehicle accidents
  • MRSA infection
  • Pediatric Emergency Medicine
  • Penetrating trauma (gunshot and stab wounds)
  • Pneumonia
  • Respiratory failure
  • Sepsis
  • Sexual assault
  • Sexually transmitted diseases (Cervicitis, Pelvic Inflammatory Disease, Tubo-ovarian abscess)
  • Suicide
  • Thromboembolic disease (Pulmonary Embolism, Deep Venous Thrombosis or “DVT”)
  • Toxic ingestion (Poisoning, Overdose)
  • Vascular access (Central line placement, Arterial line)

Due to the critical and complex nature of the conditions treated in Emergency Medicine, an experienced Board-Certified Emergency Medicine expert from a top university medical center is an instrumental resource for challenging assignments. To secure a hand-selected EMERGENCY MEDICINE EXPERT WITNESS who is ready to work with you, please contact Elite Medical Experts and speak with a physician or nurse on Elite’s experienced Case Strategy Team today.

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Author Profile

Dr. Burton Bentley II, the CEO of Elite Medical Experts, is a nationally renowned authority on medical liability, informed consent, and complex issues at the intersections of medicine, law, and business. As a board-certified Emergency Medicine physician and entrepreneur, Dr. Bentley founded Elite Medical Experts in 2010 while overseeing nearly a decade of year-over-year growth. Dr. Bentley also developed and patented a commercial medical device and co-founded Consent Spectrum, a state-of-the-art digital platform for informed consent in aesthetic medical procedures.  Outside of Elite, Dr. Bentley can be found spending time with his family and riding horses in Tucson’s riverbeds and deserts.

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