$1.5 million settlement for delay in diagnosing stroke
A 41-year-old woman has received a $1.5 million settlement from two doctors who failed to diagnose an impending stroke. The woman had come to the emergency room complaining of facial weakness, drooling, and tingling in her thumb. The defendant radiologist reporting her MRI as showing findings consistent with multiple sclerosis, but neglected to mention findings suggestive of blocked carotid arteries. The defendant neurologist followed the woman in his office for approximately six weeks, noting progressive left-sided weakness. She was eventually found unresponsive at home and diagnosed as having had a carotid artery stroke. She regained full mental function, but has significant physical disabilities, and was unable to live alone. The case was settled during the third week of trial.