Iowa Pays $7.5M To Settle Medical Malpractice Claim Against University Of Iowa Hospitals And Clinics

Iowa Pays $7.5M To Settle Medical Malpractice Claim: On July 11, 2022, Iowa agreed to pay a 41-year-old man $7.5 million to settle his medical malpractice claims against University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics (“UIHC”) after he suffered ongoing major neurological deficits, including speech disturbance, paralysis, and other limitations, due to medical negligence.

The plaintiff alleged in his Iowa medical malpractice lawsuit that he went to a local hospital’s emergency room on December 26, 2016, complaining of a month-long temporal headache, nausea, vomiting, right eye pain, and suffering from blurred vision and light sensitivity for weeks. A CT scan showed a probable tumor after which the emergency room arranged a transfer to the UIHC. Instead of being transported by ambulance, the plaintiff chose to drive to the UIHC emergency room that same afternoon. At UIHC, lab tests indicated a pituitary tumor and an MRI showed a mass. The plaintiff was discharged with instructions to follow up with UIHC neurosurgery in two weeks. The following day, the plaintiff returned to the original emergency room due to a worsening headache and vomiting, where he was instructed to return to UIHC if his symptoms worsened.

During the night on December 27, 2016, the plaintiff returned to UIHC with a severe headache, vomiting, double and blurred vision, and eye pain. A CT scan showed a large pituitary mass “with a concern of elevated intracranial pressure and a rapid expansion of the tumor to bleeding.” Despite such findings, the plaintiff was discharged during the early morning on December 28, 2016 with instructions to follow up with neurosurgery.

On December 29, 2016, the plaintiff returned to UIHC due to worsening symptoms. An MRI showed the tumor had grown and was hemorrhaging. UHIC admitted the plaintiff and scheduled surgery for the following morning. A transsphenoidal resection of the pituitary tumor with piecemeal removal was performed during which it was determined that the tumor had destroyed the plaintiff’s sellar region bone and filled his left sinus.

The plaintiff was nonresponsive in recovery. An MRI showed brain damage. He spent over a year in the hospital during which he required a tracheostomy, feeding tube, and suffered multiple complications due to his severe neurological injury. He suffered altered consciousness and gross neurological deficits. He was discharged from the hospital on January 18, 2018 with severe and permanent neurological deficits.

The defense responded to the plaintiff’s Iowa medical malpractice lawsuit by stating, “Plaintiff may have failed to mitigate damages. And any recovery by plaintiff should not include any loss which could have been prevented by reasonable care and diligence.”

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