. A jury in Texas recently awarded $ 1.3 million to the family of a woman who died of a heart attack shortly after going to the emergency room. There are various protocols that a hospital emergency room must follow in order to properly diagnose and treat patients. Because emergency rooms are often under staffed, shortcuts are sometimes taken which can lead to serious consequences. It is the responsibility of a physician to consider what is called a differential diagnosis whereby all reasonably possible causes for the physical complaints are at least considered. Record keeping becomes an important issue for emergency rooms because so much of their work involves seriously injured parties. If the physicians and nurses do not properly document what they do for the patient, what diagnostic tests were considered, the results of physical examinations, complaints of the patients, then mistakes can follow which could lead to liability. If you or a loved one has been the victim of negligent medical treatment please call and discuss your possible case with one of our lawyers.