On behalf of Hastings Law Firm posted in Doctor Errors on Thursday, January 22, 2015.

A man and his wife believe that he was left paralyzed after an out-of-state hospital failed to provide the care that he needed. The medical malpractice suit they recently filed points to an alleged failure to recognize what his symptoms meant. Patients in New Jersey are likely already familiar with the long waits that can occur in hospital emergency rooms and, similarly, retain the right to pursue action if they suffered serious injury because of a breakdown in the accepted standard of care.

Recently released from the hospital after suffering from bacterial meningitis, a man began to suffer from the sudden onset of a blistering headache, accompanied by severe vomiting. His wife then phoned an on-call nurse to report her husband’s symptoms and reportedly advised her of his recent hospitalization and dangerous diagnosis. The nurse instructed the woman to bring her husband into the hospital.

Once at the hospital, it was discovered that the patient had both abnormal vitals and lab results. Despite this, he made to wait for over three hours, during which time a dangerous bleed in his brain was allowed to continue. While waiting, he lost consciousness and hospital staff brought him back for a CT scan, only then discovering the bleed. At that point, it was too late to undo much of the harm done, and the victim was left paralyzed.

The couple believes that the staff at the hospital completely missed the mark with his care, pointing to the abnormal results of his tests, as well as the prior diagnosis from which he was still recovering. They claim that the failure to recognize these symptoms directly led to the paralysis, for which the victim now requires extensive therapy and which has left him permanently disabled. Their suit seeks compensation for related damages, something that New Jersey victims can also accomplish through the successful litigation of a medical malpractice claim.

Source: courthousenews.com, Barbara Wallace, Jan. 13, 2015