A medical malpractice lawsuit has now been settled revolving a misdiagnosis case that occurred in 2007. A former radiologist at Advanced Diagnostic Imaging has been found at fault in the case and the jury has awarded a $5 million verdict to a married couple after the woman suffered a stroke as a result of this mistake.
The decision came after a two week trial and three hours of deliberation from the jury and was announced on Nov. 15. According to the lawsuit that was filed in 2010, the doctor was working at Advanced Diagnostic Imaging in 2007 and had a contract to work at Exeter Hospital in the radiology department.
The woman went into the emergency room at the hospital after suffering a severe headache for an extended period of time. After beginning to experience neurological effects such as the slurring of her speech, she was given a CT scan. Findings stated that “There is no evidence of acute hemorrhage, mass lesion, mass effect, acute ischemia, or extraaxial fluid collections.”
Her condition then worsened and she was flown to Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston where CT scan results showed that “bilateral intracranial hemorrhages with extension into subarachnoids from the superior sagittal sinus caused by thrombosis or stroke.”
She eventually underwent brain surgery and a second neurologist stated that things that were called “normal” after the first CT scan, were actually very “abnormal.” The jury found that if the radiologist was negligent when she did not accurately read the CT scan and failed to communicate with the woman’s physicians. It also states that if the doctor would have interpreted the results correctly and seen the stroke coming, that the woman not be suffering with symptoms she continues to suffer today.