Failure to Diagnose Yields $6.4 Million Verdict

A Missouri jury awarded a 59-year-old stroke victim $6.4 million in a medical malpractice case last week.
According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, “Jeffrey Schneider, 59, and his wife, Connie Schneider, alleged an infection that caused an acute stroke could have been diagnosed and treated were it not for the medical negligence of Jeffrey Schneider’s physician, Dr. Joseph Thompson of SSM DePaul Medical Group. On Friday a St. Louis County jury agreed.” Court testimony alleged that Dr. Thompson didn’t follow-up and refer Schneider to a cardiologist. This failure allegedly led to the stroke. The Post-Dispatch wrote, “On June 12, 2007, Schneider suffered an acute stroke resulting from a bacterial infection on his heart valve. He has restricted use of the right side of his body, difficulty processing words and damage to his short-term memory. The Schneiders’ attorney, Pat Hagerty, said Schneider hasn’t been able to work since the stroke occurred. Previously, he was a bank examiner and an IT specialist at the Federal Reserve Bank.”