Medical Malpractice – Failure to timely perform a CAT scan

$2 Million Settlement

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Our client, who was 51 years old at the time, presented to her neurologist complaining of neck pain. She was given Valium. The next day, she returned to the neurologist, complaining of a headache. Her doctor administered a trigger point injection in her neck. The next day, she returned again to the neurologist, now complaining of a severe headache. This time, her doctor referred her to a Manhattan hospital Emergency Room. There, she complained of a severe headache and back pain. The examining ER physician determined that she was suffering from a kidney infection, documenting specifically that our client was not suffering from either a cerebrovascular thrombosis (brain clot) or subarachnoid hemorrhage (brain bleed). A CAT scan of the head was not performed, and she was discharged from the hospital. About 20 minutes later, while she was still within a block of the hospital, she suffered a stroke, collapsed, and lost consciousness. She was returned to the hospital, where a CAT scan of her head revealed a subarachnoid hemorrhage caused by an aneurysm. She was ultimately diagnosed with hemiplegia and hemiparesis on the right side. Defendants contended that given her presentations, the appropriate care and treatment was provided by her doctors and in the emergency room. Defendants also claimed that even if the head CAT scan was performed timely and the aneurysm was discovered, no treatment would have avoided the stroke. The case settled before trial.