Confronting a medical crisis is a frightening and confusing experience. At this time, a patient is in need of the comforting knowledge and appropriate health care from trained medical providers. Unfortunately, when medical professionals fail to provide a patient with the proper care, devastating complications can result. Arizona residents who believe that providers caused them to suffer greater harm may en entitled to seek relief through a medical malpractice claim.
Recently, a man filed a civil lawsuit against a medical facility in another state and several of its staff members. The suit asserts that he sought medical care for disturbing symptoms at the hospital's emergency department. Providers reportedly made only a superficial examination, gave the man a prescription for a sedative for his symptoms -- which included progressively advancing muscle weakness -- and discharged him. By the time he left, he claimed he was no longer able to walk.
Later that evening, a neurologist, who was also a family friend, diagnosed the man with Guillain-Barré syndrome, which is a disease that causes the immune system to attack the nervous system. The man is currently disabled and suffering from unrelenting pain. An investigation by the state's Health and Human Services Commission determined that the medical staff violated several regulations regarding the man's treatment and ordered the staff to implement changes. In 2014, this facility was ordered to follow a correction plan in relation to a previous misdiagnosis of the same disease.
The patient and his family claim that the damages he has suffered have placed a serious financial hardship on them. It is unknown whether there will be any significant improvement in his physical health over time. Arizona residents who have also sustained economic harm due to errors on the part of medical providers, may choose to seek a remedy for their documented damages through a medical malpractice lawsuit.