On September 22, 2016, a 12-person Pennsylvania medical malpractice jury returned its verdict in favor of the plaintiff after a four-day trial and three days of jury deliberations. The Pennsylvania medical malpractice jury found that the defendant emergency room physician was negligent in his treatment of the 53-year-old plaintiff, and that the defendant’s medical negligence was the cause of the plaintiff’s permanent injuries resulting from a stroke.
The Pennsylvania medical malpractice plaintiff alleged that on June 4, 2012, he went to the emergency room of the defendant Pennsylvania hospital, complaining that he had persistent pain that was concentrated in the left side of his chest that radiated into his left arm. He also had some numbness in his left arm and was complaining of shortness of breath.
The defendant doctor examined the man in the emergency room and documented the man’s family and personal medical history that included occlusion and stenosis of the carotid artery, angina pectoris, dyslipidemia, GERD, anxiety, and tobacco use, which placed the man at a higher risk of stroke. Blood testing in the emergency room found an elevated hematocrit level. The defendant doctor discharged the man from the emergency room with a diagnosis of non-cardiac chest pain.
On June 9, 2012, while at home, the plaintiff experienced weakness in his left arm and left leg, numbness on the left side of his face, and decreased sensation on his left side, which led him to go to another hospital where he had an MRI that showed evidence that he had suffered a stroke. He remained hospitalized until June 12, 2012. He was subsequently treated by nurses and received physical therapy at home.
The plaintiff had surgery to address his blocked carotid artery but nonetheless was left with residual deficits due to the stroke he had suffered, including deficits in his left arm and hand that affect his activities of daily living that require the use of both hands. His primary care physician deemed him to be permanently disabled in 2013 and that he was unable to return to his job that involved manual labor.
The Pennsylvania medical malpractice plaintiff alleged that the defendant emergency room physician was negligent in failing to perform a proper medical workup to determine if his symptoms could be related to a carotid artery blockage or a stroke.
The defendants alleged that the plaintiff was not complaining of chest pain when he was examined by the defendant emergency room physician, that the defendant had performed the appropriate medical workup of the man, and that the man failed to follow the defendant’s recommendation to stop smoking and failed to return to the hospital after his discharge from the emergency room during which time he suffered headaches.
The Pennsylvania medical malpractice jury determined that the defendant emergency room physician was 100% liable for the man’s injuries.
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