Medical Malpractice – Failure to timely diagnose a blood clot

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Our client was a 21-year-old college student with a medical history of ulcerative colitis.  He was treating with gastroenterologist for the ulcerative colitis for 2 years. After experiencing a worsening in his gastrointestinal symptoms, the doctor ordered a diagnostic colonoscopy to be performed in the hospital. Upon admission for the colonoscopy, our client complained of a severe headache that he had been experiencing for 2 days. The doctor attributed these headaches to anxiety related to schoolwork. After the colonoscopy was performed, our client remained hospitalized and received IV Remicade to address his increased gastrointestinal complaints relevant to his ulcerative colitis. Over the next 2-3 days, he continued to experience worsening headaches, for which he was given Ativan, an anti-anxiety medication. By early evening on day #2, he began to exhibit neurological symptoms (vision changes and leg numbness), which were documented by hospital staff. In the early morning hours of day #3, the doctor was called at home by hospital staff, but he was only informed that our client was experiencing difficulty swallowing and a sore throat. For those symptoms, the doctor prescribed antibiotics over the telephone. At about 8:00 a.m. on day #3, the doctor arrived at the hospital and physically examined our client, who had become combative, disoriented, and unable to move his right arm and leg. Diagnostic studies were ordered and revealed a dural sinus thrombosis (clot) and bilateral hemorrhagic venous infarcts (stroke). As a result, our client suffered permanent right-sided paralysis and brain damage.