Type of Action: Medical malpractice
Injuries Alleged: Partial left side paralysis as a result of failure to diagnose stroke
Name of Case: Confidential
Case No.: Confidential
Tried Before: Mediation
Name of mediator: Charlie Tompkins
Special Damages: n/a
Verdict Date: July 8, 2003
Plaintiff’s Attorney: Troy J. Stafford, Charlotte
Person Submitting: Della Stafford
Description: Plaintiff presented to the ER with complaints of numbness in her arm, unsteady gait, headache and dizziness. She had several risk factors for stroke. The emergency room physician failed to perform an adequate examination of plaintiff. He did not even ask plaintiff to stand up or walk during the exam to assess her gait and unsteadiness. A neurology consult was not ordered and patient was discharged. She continued to deteriorate at home and she returned to the emergency department several hours later. She was admitted and the diagnosis of stroke was made. Unfortunately, by this time it was too late to administer any medications that could have made a difference in her ultimate outcome. Plaintiff was left with partial one-sided deficit requiring the use of a cane.
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