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Misdiagnosis Results in $650,000.00 Settlement

Case Description:
Client was misdiagnosed by emergency room physician.  What happened?  Our client was twenty-five years old.  He reported to the emergency room complaining of headaches for the past eight days, nausea, vomiting, neck pain and sensitivity to bright lights.  The emergency room doctor evaluated him, obtained a sample of his spinal fluid and  decided that our client was suffering from viral meningitis.  He  released our client with a prescription for pain medication.
 
Over the next two days the client’s condition drastically worsened. He returned to the emergency department and was admitted to the hospital.  He was ultimately diagnosed with fungal (cryptococcal) meningitis, a very serious and fatal disease.  This disease resulted in severe neurological injuries to our client who is now permanently disabled. 
Outcome: The case settled in mediation for $650,000.00.
 
Key Legal Strategy: 
Critical to the injured client successfully prosecuting their claim was the fact that they retained our law firm quickly, giving us the amount of time that was needed to analyze the client’s medical records and obtain the services of the necessary expert witnesses in the field of neurology, infectious disease and emergency room medicine.

$650,000.00

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