ST. LOUIS, Jan. 18, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Adair Emergency Group, LLC (AEG) in Missouri along with two of its affiliates and Rochelle R. Van Meter, DO have been targeted in a medical malpractice lawsuit by a patient and his wife after he was rendered permanently quadriplegic following alleged misdiagnoses by the defendants.
(Plaintiff names have been abbreviated to uphold plaintiff privacy as the case develops.)
Plaintiff E.D.C., husband of second plaintiff R.M.C., entered the emergency department of Northeast Regional Medical Center on February 13th, 2015 after experiencing severe pain at the base of his skull, neck, and around his head. If he moved in nearly any capacity, the pain would be exacerbated. Initial blood tests determined that he had a high white blood cell count, as well as an unusually high amount of neutrophil in his system.
Defendant Van Meter made an alleged inaccurate diagnosis and stated E.D.C. was suffering from herpes zoster – also known as shingles – as well as a headache. He would later be sent home without further testing or a second opinion of the diagnosis.
Days later, on February 16th, E.D.C. visited Boone Hospital Center due to ongoing and severe neck and head pain. He was also experiencing impaired speech, bilateral weakness or full-body muscular weakness, and a persistent numbness in his extremities. A CT scan performed at Boone Hospital Center found that he had suffered a ruptured vacuum disc, herniated discs, and an epidural hematoma; it also revealed that an abscess had been causing "significant compression" of the spinal cord at spinal discs C3-4. The final diagnosis also included E. Coli meningitis. It is worth mentioning that initial diagnoses at Northeast Regional Medical Center did not include any of the aforementioned symptoms or conditions.
At Boone Hospital Center, E.D.C. underwent a laminectomy at spinal discs C2-C5 in an attempt to treat the abscess and compression. The plaintiff's condition worsened to permanent quadriplegia due to spinal cord injury, allegedly caused by the delay in proper diagnosis and immediate treatment not provided by AEG, Van Meter, and affiliates.
The medical malpractice claim brought forth by E.D.C. with the support of Meyerkord & Meyerkord, LLC cites that the defendants allegedly misdiagnosed the plaintiff's condition as shingles and did not diagnose the actual cause of suffering: meningitis and cervical spinal abscess. The alleged failure to appropriately diagnose the plaintiff's condition played a significant role in the injury worsening and causing permanent quadriplegia, lifelong disability, chronic pain, and emotional trauma. The alleged negligence of the defendant also caused second plaintiff R.M.C. to experience dramatic loss of consortium that can be linked to emotional trauma and day-to-day struggles. Both plaintiffs E.D.C. and R.M.C. are seeking full compensation for a variety of damages, including necessary medical care, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
Inquiring parties in need of legal support for a medical malpractice claim in Missouri can contact Meyerkord & Meyerkord, LLC and the firm's St. Louis personal injury attorneys by visiting http://www.stlouis-personalinjury.com/.
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