A Houston Texas jury awarded a widow a $4.2 million verdict involving an emergency room misdiagnosis case. The initial diagnosis had been correct but was rejected by the treating physician which ultimately resulted in the 46-year-old man’s death. According to one media report, “An autopsy showed that 46-year-old Lancer Windrum died of complications from a buildup of spinal fluid in the brain. Evidence showed that emergency room doctors properly diagnosed Mr. Windrum’s condition, which is typically treated with an implanted drainage tube. However, Dr. Victor Kareh at North Cypress Medical Center rejected that diagnosis and failed to provide this standard, lifesaving treatment.” The condition with which the decedent presented at the ER was hydrocephalus and had been confirmed by a CT scan and an MRI. In such cases, treatment must be administered in a timely fashion. In this tragic case, the man was left untreated and died.
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