$9.4M medical malpractice suit filed against radiologist

The owner of a New York music shop has filed a $9.4 million lawsuit against Columbia Memorial Hospital, alleging that its head radiologist was negligent. The medical malpractice suit claims that the doctor failed to see the signs of a stroke, and thus misdiagnosed the patient. The plaintiff asserts that he was taken to the hospital back in August, with slurring speech, drooling, and drooping of the left side of his face. The MRI and magnetic resonance angiography showed no abnormalities, according to the radiologist. 

Seven hours after being examined by the radiologist, the plaintiff was transferred to Providence St. Vincent Medical Center. There, stroke neurology looked over the scan from Columbia Memorial and detected that the patient had a blockage at the basil artery, which brings blood to the central nervous system and brain. Further damage was found on a follow-up MRI.

The patient suffered acute hypoxia and had a traumatic brain injury that left him partially paralysed. He is suing for $4.4 million for economic damages and another $5 million for noneconomic damages. He will need extensive medical care. The claim alleges that this is all due to the scan being misread by the radiologist.

According to the medical malpractice lawsuit, the radiologist was negligent in this case by causing significant delay in the patient's treatment. If anyone in New York has been the victim of medical negligence, a knowledgeable personal injury lawyer can help. He or she can advise on how to file a claim for reimbursement of their medical bills, pain and suffering, and other recoverable financial losses.

Source: dailyastorian.com, "Music shop owner sues radiologist for negligence", Derrick DePledge, March 21, 2017

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