Medical professionals must be held accountable for delays in diagnosis that limit treatment options and negligent misdiagnoses that lead to incorrect treatment, lack of treatment, or death. The only way to reduce medical malpractice is to reduce negligence.
A jury awarded a Maryland Heights, Missouri man and his wife $6.4 million in a medical malpractice lawsuit as a result of a stroke he suffered in 2007. The couple alleged that an infection caused the man to suffer an acute stroke that could have been prevented if not for a previous medical misdiagnosis. The lawsuit stated that in 1996, the man was diagnosed with mitral valve prolapse, a condition in which a valve of the heart does not close tightly, potentially causing blood to flow backward in the heart. The suit also stated that an echo-cardiogram in 2001 again showed the existence of the condition, yet the doctor did not order a follow-up echo-cardiogram and never referred the patient to a cardiologist.
In April 2007, the man complained of fatigue, loss of appetite and abdominal pain. Again, he was not referred to a cardiologist and additional tests were not performed to check his heart. On June 12, 2007, he suffered an acute stroke resulting from a bacterial infection on his heart valve. He has restricted use of the right side of his body, difficulty processing words and damage to his short-term memory. He hasn’t been able to return to work as a bank examiner and an IT specialist.
Despite the jury decision, the defendant contends that the evidence “failed to prove” they were negligent or that their alleged negligence caused the man’s injuries. medical malpractice cases are hard fought, difficult cases that can take years to resolve. This unfortunate couple may have been good candidates for litigation funding if they were dealing with financial issues. Even if they did not seek the help from a legal funding company, if they face financial burdens during an appeal, litigation funding can still be a valuable resource.
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