Ch. 2 – 42 y/o fireman with shoulder pain

WHEN A LIFELINE BECOMES A NOOSE

A 42 year old fireman with shoulder pain

A 42 year old fireman with shoulder pain

This was a really tough case. It does fly in the face of our recommendations in the ‘How to spot’ chapter as the doctor was concerned enough to go see the patient himself, examine, and write a note. He was concerned something bad was going on, but was not able to figure it out.

Was this because he did not include the eventual diagnosis in the differential or because the condition was ‘undiagnose-able’ at that time? You be the judge.

The story behind the story

Additional deposition and trial testimony:

Expanded testimony of ER physician defendant Timothy Vaughn, MD

Testimony of defense expert witness, Dave Talan, MD

Full closing arguments plaintiff attorney Dwight Brannon, Esq.

Full closing arguments of defense attorney Neil Freund, Esq.

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