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  • Hospital Malpractice – Failure to Timely Diagnose and Treat Stroke: Finn v. William Beaumont Hospital

Sommers Schwartz attorney Matthew Turner filed a medical malpractice lawsuit on behalf of a man who suffered catastrophic and permanent injuries after physicians, nurses, and other hospital personnel failed to timely diagnose and treat the stroke he was experiencing when he was under their care in the defendant hospital’s ICU. 

According to the complaint, the plaintiff was admitted to the defendant hospital to undergo a parastomal hernia repair with mesh procedure. He suffered some complications afterward and remained in the hospital for treatment of those complications. He was in the ICU when he began having stroke-like symptoms. Notwithstanding the likelihood that the plaintiff was having a stroke, the attending doctors, nurses, and other staff made multiple errors that led to their failure to identify, treat, and mitigate the damage the stroke was causing.

Specifically, the defendants failed to perform the necessary examinations and evaluations to accurately determine the plaintiff’s last-known normal time, which was crucial to ensure that he was a candidate for the brain saving treatment that would have been available. The Defendant doctors, nurses, and physician assistants did not adequately communicate with each other about the patient’s condition, did not share information with the hospital’s stroke team, did not timely order vital imaging tests, and did not follow the hospital’s stroke policies and protocols. 

In combination, these breaches of the standard of care deprived the plaintiff of the opportunity to be provided with tPA, a medication that dissolves blood clots that block blood flow to the brain. When administered quickly after stroke onset, tPA can help restore blood flow to brain regions affected by a stroke and limit the risk of damage and functional impairment.

Because of these acts of negligence, the plaintiff was denied the benefit of the tPA therapy that likely would have entirely or significantly reversed his stroke and substantially improved his functional outcome. Instead, he now suffers from permanent and debilitating injuries that dramatically diminish his quality of life.  

The hospital malpractice lawsuit seeks compensation for the plaintiff’s medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and diminished future earning capacity, among other damages. 

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