In mid-May 2016, an Ohio medical malpractice jury returned its verdict in favor of the plaintiff after fifteen days of trial, finding that the defendant emergency room physician negligently misdiagnosed a 33-year-old married nurse, who was the mother to three minor children, as suffering from a migraine when she was seen in a hospital emergency room on June 8, 2012. The woman tragically died at home the following day from brain swelling that was related to her pre-existing lupus.
The woman was experiencing a particularly severe headache that was causing her to vomit when she was treated in the emergency room of a local hospital on June 8, 2012. She had gone to the emergency room on two prior occasions, including on one occasion at the defendant hospital, with severe headaches that were diagnosed both times as caused by swelling of her brain that was treated with medication to reduce the swelling.
During the June 8, 2012 emergency room visit, the woman was treated by a first-year resident who failed to review her prior medical records before diagnosing migraine headache, treating her with narcotics, and discharging her after only two hours in the emergency room. The plaintiff’s medical malpractice lawsuit alleged that had a scan been ordered in the emergency room and had a neurologist been consulted at that time, the woman would have received the timely and proper medication to reduce her brain swelling in the emergency room and she would have survived the event.
The woman’s husband filed an Ohio medical malpractice wrongful death lawsuit against the hospital where she had been (mis)treated in the emergency room, the physician who had negligently treated her in the emergency room, and other physicians. The defendant hospital and all but one of the defendant physicians had settled the medical malpractice lawsuit except for the attending emergency room physician.
The Ohio medical malpractice jury found that the defendant emergency room physician, who was the supervising and attending emergency room physician on June 8, 2012, had breached the standard of care and that his medical negligence was a cause of the woman’s death. The jury awarded the woman’s children $1 million each, and the balance of the jury’s award was for her lost wages.
The defendant emergency room physician was employed by an independent group of emergency room physicians that provides ER doctors to several hospitals in the area. The emergency room physicians group has had 83 medical malpractice lawsuits filed against it since 1995, including six medical malpractice lawsuits that are pending, according to reports.
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