A Missouri medical malpractice case has been filed on behalf of a man and his wife, alleging that the defendant hospital and defendant physician negligently failed to properly diagnose the man when he was treated in the defendant hospital’s emergency room, which resulted in him developing permanent quadriplegia.
The man sought help in the defendant hospital’s ER on February 13, 2015 for severe pain he was experiencing at the base of his skull and in his neck and around his head. He complained that if he moved his head in any direction, he felt increased pain. Blood tests in the ER found that the man had a high white blood cell count and a high amount of neutrophils in his blood (neutrophils are a type of white blood cell that fight infections; a high level of neutrophils is often associated with an infectious process).
Despite the man’s symptoms and the results of the blood tests, the defendant doctor misdiagnosed the man as having shingles and subsequently discharged him home without additional medical tests or obtaining a second medical opinion.
On February 16, 2015, the man went to another hospital’s ER because his severe symptoms continued and he had developed bilateral weakness, persistent numbness in his extremities, and impaired speech. A CT scan was ordered and found that he had a ruptured disc, herniated discs, an epidural hematoma, and an abscess that was causing significant compression of his spinal cord at the C3-4 level. He was also diagnosed with E. Coli meningitis.
The man had surgery (a laminectomy) that involved C2 through C5 but his condition continued to deteriorate and he suffered permanent quadriplegia as a result of his spinal cord injury that the plaintiffs’ Missouri medical malpractice case alleges was due to the defendant hospital and the defendant physician’s negligent failure to properly and timely diagnose and treat the man’s cervical spine abscess and his meningitis.
The plaintiffs’ Missouri medical malpractice case contends that the husband suffered permanent quadriplegia, life-long disability, emotional trauma, and chronic pain as a result of the defendants’ breach of the standard of care. The wife alleges her loss of consortium as a result of the defendants’ medical negligence. They seek compensatory damages for necessary medical care, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
When suffering people seek help in a hospital emergency room, they are concerned that they may have a serious medical condition that requires immediate evaluation and treatment. They rely on the hospital providing the necessary medical services to prevent their condition from unnecessarily deteriorating or resulting in permanent injury. When hospitals fail in their duty owed to patients arriving in their emergency rooms, they are liable for the harms they cause.
If you or a family member suffered serious injury as a result of emergency room misdiagnosis in Missouri or in another U.S. state, you should promptly find a local medical malpractice lawyer in your state who may investigate your emergency room medical malpractice claim for you and represent you or your family member in a medical malpractice case against the hospital and/or the emergency room physician, if appropriate.
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